The aircraft involved, Airbus A320 D-AIPX
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Data from the flight ((c) Flightradar24)
The flight took off from Barcelona just after 0900 hours. At 0932 hours it was in the cruise at an altitude of 38,000 feet when it initiated a descent which lasted around nine minutes and had an average rate of 3,500 feet per minute. The aircraft maintained a straight course during this period. No distress call or other communication was made by the aircraft. The plane flew into terrain soon afterwards.