Twenty killed in plane crash in Swiss Alps

Larry Hoffman
August 5, 2018

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.

All 20 people on board were killed, police said Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018.

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.

The parents and two children crashed roughly 30 minutes after their plane took off from an airfield in Kägiswil, headed towards France, Swiss police said.

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

The vintage aircraft crashed into the Piz Segnas mountain in the Flims resort on Saturday.

The plane was built in 1939 and can carry up to 17 passengers and three crew members.

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He said that officials expect the investigation of the cause to be "relatively complex".

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

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

Chief executive and co-founder Kurt Waldmeier said the planes "are flown exclusively by very experienced professional pilots, and strictly checked and maintained by our own technicians".

Operator JU-Air has now suspended all flights until further notice.

Based out of Duebendorf in canton Zurich, JU-AIR offers sightseeing and adventure flights around the Alps.

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