Up to 20 feared dead in Swiss Alps plane crash

Up to 20 feared dead in Swiss Alps plane crash

Up to 20 feared dead in Swiss Alps plane crash

The aircraft belongs to JU-Air, a company with links to the Swiss air force, the ATS news agency reported.

"The police have the sad certainty that the 20 passengers perished", said a spokesperson for regional police in the canton of Grisons.

There are now no details on casualties but the Ju-52 can carry up to 17 passengers, two passengers and a flght attendant.

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.

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

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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.

Twenty people are feared dead after a sightseeing plane crashed in the Alps in Switzerland.

The plane, which was built in Germany in 1939, crashed into the Piz Segnas mountain around 2,450 metres (8,000ft) above sea level. It has suspended all flights until further notice.

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

In another Swiss plane crash on Saturday, a tourist plane carrying a couple and two young children crashed in a forest in the Nidwald canton and immediately burst into flames.

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