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

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

The company "still can not explain" the incident, they said, pledging to support the official investigation. It was flying a group of 14 Swiss nationals and a three-member family from Austria on a sightseeing tour for the company JU-AIR.

The Ju-52 aircraft, made by Germany's Junkers, were made between 1932 and 1952.

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.

Accident investigators and rescue workers search the wreckage on the mountainside yesterday
Accident investigators and rescue workers search the wreckage on the mountainside yesterday

The plane appears to have hit the ground near-vertically and at a "relatively high speed", according to Daniel Knecht of the Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board.

The crash followed another fatal incident on the same day, in which a tourist plane carrying a couple and two young children crashed in a forest in central Switzerland and immediately burst into flames.

Officials can essentially rule out a collision with another aircraft or hitting an obstacle such as a wire, and there's no indication of foul play or that the aircraft lost parts or broke up before the crash, he added.

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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. Knecht said that while heat can affect an aircraft's performance, experienced pilots could deal with that.

Almost 5,000 Ju-52 planes were manufactured between 1932 and 1952.

Ju-Air started operating flights with the old-timers in 1983, and the plane that crashed - with the registration HB-HOT - had been in service with the company since 1985. Its pilots are ex-military and professional pilots, all of them volunteers.

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The aircraft was in possession of JU-Air, a company with links to the Swiss Air Force. It has suspended all flights until further notice.

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