Swiss police confirm 20 dead in WWII vintage plane crash

05 August, 2018, 18:28 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • The plane crashed in a forest near Hergiswil

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 area is popular with hikers and includes a glacier.

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

He said officials have essentially ruled out a collision with another aircraft or hitting an obstacle such as a wire. They also expect the investigation into the cause of the crash to be "relatively complex".

The plane holds 17 passengers, two pilots and a flight attendant. Authorities were informed of the crash at 5 p.m. Saturday, 50 minutes after the aircraft had taken off from Locarno's Magadino airfield.

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


A general view of the accident site of a Junkers Ju-52 airplane of the local airline JU-AIR, in 2,450 meters (8,038 feet) above sea level near the mountain resort of Flims, Switzerland August 5, 2018.

The German-built Junker JU52 HB-HOT aircraft, dating from 1939 and nickamed "Iron Annie", was a collectors' aircraft.

"At the moment, no further information is available".

Police in southeastern Graubuenden canton (state) said a several-seater plane crashed Saturday on the Piz Segnas mountain striking the mountain's western flank about 2,540 meters above sea level.

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