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14:52, 05 August 2018

Switzerland crash: Twenty dead in WW2 plane crash

Switzerland crash: Twenty dead in WW2 plane crash

Twenty men and women have died right after a Planet War Two vintage aircraft crashed into a mountainside in eastern Switzerland, police say.

The plane – a Junkers JU-52 HB-HOT – was carrying 17 passengers and three crew on a sightseeing flight when it took off on Saturday afternoon.

Operator JU-Air stated it was saddened by the news and it had set up a helpline for relatives. It has suspended all flights until additional notice.

The result in of the crash is not identified.

“Based on the situation at the crash web site we can say that the aircraft smashed into ground almost vertically at relatively higher speed,” stated Daniel Knecht of the Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board.

“What we can rule out at this point is that there had been a collision prior to the crash, neither with another aircraft nor with some other obstacle such as a cable.”

Police say the passengers have been aged amongst 42 and 84 years old and that the relatives of all but a single of the victims had been contacted.

The aircraft was travelling in between Ticino in the south of the country and D&uumlbendorf military airfield close to Zurich.

It crashed about two,540m (8,333 ft) above sea level, on the western side of a 3,000m peak referred to as Piz Segnas.

JU-Air runs sightseeing tours on its squadron of German-created vintage aircraft.

In one more crash on Saturday, a family of 4 including two young young children have been killed when a little plane came down in central Switzerland.

Published at Sun, 05 Aug 2018 13:18:33 +0000

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