Swiss police confirm 20 dead in WWII vintage plane crash

Alps plane crash: 20 feared dead after sightseeing flight smashes into mountain | Daily Star

Alps plane crash: 20 feared dead after sightseeing flight smashes into mountain | Daily Star

Daniel Knecht of the Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board told Blick in a news conference that the vintage aircraft may have hit the ground near-vertically at a high rate of speed.

Police said that all 20 people on board the plane, including its three crew members, died.

Police had not provided an official toll by late Sunday morning, but said that five helicopters were involved in a search and rescue mission and the airspace over the crash site was to remain closed until late Sunday.

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.

The mountainous area in south-eastern Switzerland is popular with hikers and skiers and includes a glacier.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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The plane that crashed had logged 10,187 hours of flying time, he said, adding that it underwent maintenance after every 35 hours of flight - most recently at the end of July. The operator said it was saddened by the news and it had set up a helpline for relatives.

JU-Air says it runs a small fleet of four Junker planes, all built in 1939, which are for hire. Its pilots are ex-military and professional pilots, all of them volunteers.

The cause of crash is now being investigated by the Federal Prosecutor's Office, in partnership with local Swiss authorities.

A brochure on the company's website listed the cost of the 2-day Locarno trip as 1,130 francs ($1,136), including meals and a night in a hotel.

The plane was operated by Ju-Air, a Swiss company that offers tours with vintage former Swiss military aircraft.

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