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White House: Germanwings Crash Doesn't Appear To Be A Terror Attack

A helicopter participates in rescue efforts on March 24, 2015 in the southeastern French town of Seyne after a German Airbus
A helicopter participates in rescue efforts on March 24, 2015 in the southeastern French town of Seyne after a German Airbus A320 of the low-cost carrier Germanwings crashed, killing all 150 people on board. The jet had taken off from Barcelona in Spain and was headed for Duesseldorf in Germany. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)

(Updates with comment from White House)

WASHINGTON, March 24 (Reuters) - The crash of a Germanwings Airbus plane in a remote area of the French Alps on Tuesday does not appear to have been caused by a terror attack, White House said, adding that U.S. officials stand ready to help investigate.

"There is no indication of a nexus to terrorism at this time," National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said.

President Barack Obama has been briefed on the crash and "U.S. officials have been in touch with French, German, and Spanish authorities and have offered assistance," she said.

The State Department is reviewing whether any U.S. citizens were on the flight operated by Germanwings, Lufthansa's budget airline.

All 150 on board flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf died. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Timothy Ahmann; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Bill Trott)

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  • A student lights a candle in front of the Joseph-Koenig Gymnasium in Haltern, western Germany Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (AP Ph
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    A student lights a candle in front of the Joseph-Koenig Gymnasium in Haltern, western Germany Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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    Students gather at a memorial of flowers and candles in front of the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium secondary school in Haltern am See, western Germany on March 24, 2015, from where some of the Germanwings plane crash victims came. (SASCHA SCHUERMANN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Aerial view of crash site of Germanwings Flight 4U9525 in Seyne Les Alpes on March 24, 2015 in Seyne Les Alpes, France. (Mich
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    Aerial view of crash site of Germanwings Flight 4U9525 in Seyne Les Alpes on March 24, 2015 in Seyne Les Alpes, France. (Michael Gottschalk/Photothek via Getty Images)
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    An electronic board displays non-status of Germanwings flight 4U9525 from Barcelona to Düsseldorf at Düsseldorf International Airport on March 24, 2015.
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    The family members of a victim clasp one another at Barcelona's El Prat airport on March 24, 2015.
  • Relatives of passengers of the Germanwings plane crashed in the French Alps arrives at Terminal 2 of the Barcelona El Prat ai
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    Relatives of passengers of the Germanwings plane crashed in the French Alps arrives at Terminal 2 of the Barcelona El Prat airport on March 24, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.
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    A helicopter of the French civil security services flies near Seyne, south-eastern France, on March 24, 2015, near the site where a Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps.
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    Relatives of passengers of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps arrive at Terminal 2 of the Barcelona El Prat airport on March 24, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.
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    French President Francois Hollande accompanies Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia after their meeting at the Elysee Palace on March 24, 2015 in Paris, France.
  • People hold hands as they arrive at the airport in Düsseldorf, Germany, Tuesday, March 24, 2015.
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    People hold hands as they arrive at the airport in Düsseldorf, Germany, Tuesday, March 24, 2015.
  • French emergency services workers (back) and members of the French gendarmerie gather in Seyne, south-eastern France, on Marc
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    French emergency services workers (back) and members of the French gendarmerie gather in Seyne, south-eastern France, on March 24, 2015, near the site where a Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps.
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    French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (C) is sheltered from the rain upon his arrival in Seyne, south-eastern France, on March 24, 2015, near the site where a Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps.
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    French MPs hold a minute of silence in memory of the 150 people who died in a Germanwings airliner crash during a session of questions to the government at the National Assembly in Paris on March 24, 2015.