Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Small plane crashes in Switzerland, several people killed

Small plane crashes in Switzerland, several people killed

Police said the plane hit the western side of the mountain Piz Segna (top picture) at about 2,540 meters (8,333 feet) above sea level on Saturday.

Twenty people died when a vintage World War II aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountain at the weekend, police said Sunday, as an investigation was launched into why the plane plummeted straight down at high speed.

"The JU-Air team is deeply saddened and thinks of the passengers, the crew and families and friends of the victims", read a statement on its website.

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

Eleven men and nine women were killed, officials said.

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

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The airline was established in 1982 and offers sightseeing, charter and adventure flights with its three mid-century Junkers Ju-52 aircraft decommissioned by the Swiss Air Force and known affectionately in German as "Auntie Ju" planes.

Although there were eyewitnesses to the crash, the BBC's Imogen Foulkes says that the investigation into what happened will take time.

Mr Knecht said the vintage plane presumably did not have the crash-resistant cockpit voice and data recorders that more modern aircraft have.

Authorities are investigating what caused the deadly crash.

Officials can essentially rule out a collision with another aircraft or an obstacle such as a wire, Knecht said.

The crash occurred above the Swiss Alpine resort of Flims, an area popular with hikers and skiers.

They were produced in Germany between 1932 and 1952, serving both as passenger and military planes.

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. It has suspended all flights until further notice.

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