Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

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

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

All 20 people on board were killed when a small vintage plane crashed in the Swiss Alps, police said on Sunday.

The plane crashed in a basin at 2450 metres above sea level on the west side of the Piz Segnas mountain shortly before 5pm on Saturday afternoon.

Deceased passengers include Swiss citizens and a three-person family from Austria, police say.

The company JU-AIR has three of the vintage Juncker propeller aircraft, which are known affectionately in German as "Auntie Ju" planes.

Daniel Knech of the Swiss safety investigation service SESE said the crew did not have time to send out a distress signal.

Police said all onboard were killed in the crash.

JU-Air CEO Kurt Waldmeier told reporters that the plane had undergone maintenance inspection in July.

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The plane was flying the passengers back from a two-day trip to Locarno in southern Switzerland to its base at Duebendorf, near Zurich.

Operator JU-Air said it was saddened by the news and it had set up a helpline for relatives.

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

Wreckage of JU-Air plane involved in crash in the Swiss Alps.

On its website, JU-Air mentions one past accident, in 1987, at the Koblenz airport in Germany in which no one was hurt.

Earlier on Saturday, a small plane carrying two parents and their two children crashed in the nearby canton of Nidwalden.

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