The final human remains from the wreckage of the Germanwings plane crash have been recovered today, according to reports.
The Associated Press reported that Lieutenant Colonel Jean-Marc Menichini, who has been involved in the recovery operation, had confirmed "there are no longer any visible remains" at the crash site.
Forensic experts will now begin the task of trying to match the remains with DNA profiles from the 150 people killed in the crash.
Three people have been killed in an avalanche in the French Alps, according to reports.
Officials confirmed that two Austrians and an Italian had died in the snow slide in the Ecrins massif, near the town of Briancon.
A fourth tourist was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Grenoble with unspecified injuries following the mid-afternoon avalanche, and seven other skiers remain 'holed up' in a refuge building nearby.
A French journalist has spoken tonight of how he has seen a recording of the final moments of the fatal Germanwings flight that crashed in the Alps.
Olivier Royant, editor of Paris Match magazine, described "people screaming" in different languages in the video, apparently contained on a SIM card recovered from the wreckage of the plane.
ITV News' Paul Davies reports:
A 15-second mobile phone video reportedly captured by one of the passengers killed in the Germanwings plane crash in the Alps reveals the last moments of terror for those on board.
Olivier Royant, editor of Paris Match magazine, is among those who have seen the clip, apparently contained on a SIM card recovered from the wreckage of the plane.
Dismissing claims that it is a fake, Mr Royant told ITV News the clip appears to confirm details released from the cockpit voice recorder - and said it is clear the passengers knew something was wrong.
He described how metallic banging can be heard on the clip - presumably the captain of the plane's attempts to break back in to the cockpit after being locked out by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz.
During a visit to the crash site, the boss of Lufthansa has avoided reporters' questions about the co-pilot's known depression.Read the full story ›
Having mental health problems should not bar people from jobs Nick Clegg has said as investigators focus on the medical history of Germanwings crash pilot Andreas Lubitz.
The Deputy Prime Minister, who has championed mental health issues while in government, said there should be no "blanket rules" preventing people from doing certain jobs.
German prosecutors have said that Lubitz, 27, who deliberately caused the Airbus to crash in the French Alps, had therapy for suicidal tendencies some time before getting his pilot's licence.
I think it's very important that we don't, however understandable in this context, allow what is said about one individual to shape or colour the way in which we regard people who go through episodes of mental health problems.
It's very important that employers in all walks of life are as accepting of people who are recovering from mental health problems just as much as they would be people who recover from physical health problems.
I don't think, as a blanket rule, the fact that someone has had mental health problems should automatically disqualify them from certain jobs. That would be not treating people as individuals, instead treating people in an indiscriminately broad-brush way.
The co-pilot believed to have deliberately crashed a Germanwings flight, killing all 150 people on board, put an oxygen mask on as he watched the plane plummet from the sky, new evidence suggests.
More details have emerged of the final moments of the ill-fated flight, including suggestions that Captain Patrick Sondheimer first tried to break back into the cockpit using an oxygen tank before asking for a crowbar from the back of the plane, as co-pilot Andreas Lubitz is heard breathing normally.
ITV News correspondent Neil Connery reports:
There were also conflicting reports that mobile phone footage has been recovered from the wreckage of the plane, filmed by one of the passengers, recording the panic on board the flight in the minutes before the crash.
While newspapers in France and Germany claim to have seen the video, the Gendarmerie in France told ITV News that they knew of the reports but were not aware of the existence of the video.
The co-pilot believed to be behind the Germanwings plane crash which killed 150 people had informed bosses at his flight training school about a period of "severe depression" in 2009, airline bosses have revealed.
Andreas Lubitz took a break from his flight training for several months, reportedly while he battled depression, but was later given a medical 'fit to fly' certificate.
In a statement, airline group Lufthansa - which owns the Germanwings subsidiary - revealed they had handed over training and medical documents to the Düsseldorf Public Prosecutor.
Among the papers were records of e-mails exchanged between Lubitz and the Flight Training Pilot School in 2009, when he submitted medical notes relating to his resuming his training containing details of a "previous episode of severe depression".
Construction workers have begun cutting a road to the site of the Germanwings plane crash, hoping to finish by the end of the day.
Using an existing hiking path as a guide, the roadbed is made entirely of stones already in place, similar to the ones that make the debris field so dangerous for recovery teams.
Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who deliberately crashed a plane in the French Alps, had been treated in the past for suicidal tendencies.
German state prosecutors said today the co-pilot had been in a long period of psychotherapy for "noticeable suicidal tendencies" several years ago.
Several years ago before obtaining his pilot's licence the co-pilot was in a long period of psychotherapeutic treatment with noticeable suicidal tendencies.
The German prosecutors added that since then he had not shown any signs of suicidal behaviour nor aggressive tendencies in other visits to doctors.
There is still no evidence that the co-pilot in the French Alps plane disaster said anything beforehand about what he was about to do, the state prosecutor said.