The deadly crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 dominated newspapers across the globe Wednesday as countries reacted to the fall of the Airbus 320 and the likely deaths of the 150 people on board. Media worldwide printed photos of plane debris strewn across the French Alps on their front pages while pushing out constant updates online. European outlets devoted the most coverage to the incident, especially Germany, where the plane was from and was going; France, where it crashed; and Spain, where it took off and many of its passengers lived. “The whole community is in shock,” wrote Neue Westfälische of Bielefeld, Germany. “On the streets there is no other issue.”
On Wednesday, officials announced that the passenger manifest included 72 Germans, more than 30 Spaniards and two Americans, according to the Associated Press. Also on board were people from the United Kingdom, Mexico, Argentina, Australia and Belgium.
Die Welt, a German national daily, had 13 stories about the incident on its online homepage, and El País of Madrid had five plus a sidebar. The accident is “one of the worst tragedies Spanish travelers have suffered in recent decades,” the Spanish daily wrote in an editorial. Süddeutsche Zeitung of Munich set up an online forum, called “a book of condolence,” for people to react to and discuss the crash. L’Express of Paris created a running timeline of events on its homepage.
Several papers chose to focus on the safety of air travel. The Frankfurter Allgemeine of Frankfurt featured on its front page a story headlined “The dangers of flying,” and Süddeutsche Zeitung’s second story was an article about “When an aircraft is considered safe.”
De Standaard of Belgium sent a reporter to the scene to talk to people who heard and saw the crash. “There was a dull sound, similar to dynamite, which is used frequently in the region,” wrote Ine Roox. “So it was only when the news of the plane crash reached the village that the reality of the people penetrated.”
Press in some South American countries, especially Brazil, also gave significant space to the crash.
Asian nations reported mostly on other topics, though the Korea Times and Singapore's My Paper printed stories about Flight 9525 on their front pages without photos.
See other front pages from around the world here.