One of the pilots got out of the cockpit of the Germanwings Airbus A320 and could not get back in, the New York Times quotes a "senior military official" as saying.
The plane with 150 people on board was flying from Barcelona in Spain to Düsseldorf in Germany when it went down and plowed into the mountains near the French town of Barcelonette, 100 km north of Nice.
France's BEA (Bureau of Investigations and Analyses) said it has successfully extracted recordings from the cockpit voice recorder of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday.
BEA Director Remi Jouty said at a news conference at its headquarters outside Paris on Wednesday it could take days to get "usable" information from the voice recordings.
BELGRADE - No Serbian nationals were on board the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps, killing all 144 passengers and six crew members, the Serbian Foreign Ministry told Tanjug on Wednesday.
"Based on the list of names that we have seen, there were no Serbian nationals on board," the ministry's press service said.
According to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, no Bulgarian citizens were featured on the list of passengers, who were on board of the Germanwings plane, which crashed on Tuesday.
At present the same information is being confirmed by the German Foreign Ministry, the press service of Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry informs.
French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy arrived near the site of the German airliner that crashed in the French Alps.
The three leaders, looking sombre and dressed in black, met rescue workers and police outside the crisis centre set up in the wake of Tuesday's disaster, in which 150 people were killed.
Search and rescue operations restarted on March 25 at the site where a Germanwings Airbus A320 smashed into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board, an AFP journalist witnessed.
Helicopters took over from a nearby improvised base, heading for the remote area of the Alps where the plane crashed on Tuesday, spreading debris over a wide area.
Hundreds of people are taking part in a rescue operation in the French Alps after a Germanwings airplane with 150 people on board went down near Barcelonette in Southern France while en route from Spain to Düsseldorf.
All 144 passengers and 6 crew are feared dead, and the EU Commission has declared three days of mourning over the incident.