Old-time plane crashes in Swiss Alps, killing 20 on board

Glen Norman
August 5, 2018

Officials said Sunday the vintage aircraft appeared to hit the ground near-vertically and at a high speed.

Police said Sunday they have now determined that all 20 people on board the plane, including its three crew members, died.

Police have given few details but have confirmed the crash, saying the aircraft came down on a mountainside about 2,540m (8,333 ft) above sea level.

Officials have said they were not aware of any distress call from the aircraft before the tragedy.

Police said those killed were couples from the Swiss cantons of Zurich, Thurgau, Lucerne, Schwyz, Zug and Vaud, along with a three-member family from Austria and three crew members from Thurgau and Zurich.

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

According to JU-AIR, a Ju-52 airplane, which seats 17 passengers along with two pilots, had crashed.

The area, which includes a glacier, is popular with hikers.

According to the SwissInfo website, citing local police, the plane went down near the Piz Segnas mountain on the afternoon of August 4 at an altitude of 8,330 feet.

The wreckage was discovered engulfed in flames, and the cause of the crash is now being investigated by the Federal Prosecutor's Office, in cooperation with local Swiss authorities.

Ju-Air said one of its aircraft had been involved in the accident on Saturday.

The company's flight operations were suspended, it said.

The company did not offer any further information.

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