Switzerland crash: 20 dead in WW2 plane crash

Two Planes Crash Hours Apart In Swiss Alps 23 Dead

Two Planes Crash Hours Apart In Swiss Alps 23 Dead

The mid-century plane, a Junkers JU-52, crashed in the Piz Segnas mountain range, near the Austrian border. The area is popular with hikers and includes a glacier.

"The police have the sad certainty that the 20 people aboard perished", police spokeswoman Anita Senti told a news conference. All 20 people on board were killed, police said Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018.

Eleven men and nine women were killed.

Among those killed were 17 people from Switzerland and a three-person family from Austria, police said.

The company's chief executive Kurt Waldmeier told the AFP news agency the plane had undergone a maintenance inspection in July.

Police said they are not aware of any distress call from the aircraft before it crashed.

Daniel Knecht, of the Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board, said the plane appears to have hit the ground near-vertically and at high speed in the crash. There also was no indication of any "external influence", he said, indicating that authorities don't suspect foul play.

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

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The cause of the crash is not known.

JU-Air says it runs a small fleet of four Junker planes, all built in 1939, which are for hire.

The plane was operated by JU-Air, an association set-up to keep the planes flying after they were taken out of service by the Swiss Air Force in 1981.

The incident was the worst in Switzerland for several years, but just one of three plane crashes in the country in the space of eight days.

Operator JU-Air has now suspended all flights until further notice.

FILE - In this September 1, 2004 photo, from left, the Tschingel Horn mountains, Atlas ridge and Mount Piz Segnas are pictured in Switzerland.

The plane, which was on a flight between Locarno in southern Switzerland, to Dübendorf, a suburb of Zurich, was found about 2,540 meters (8,333 feet) above sea level.

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