20 feared dead in Switzerland plane crash

20 feared dead in Switzerland plane crash
Published : 05 Aug 2018, 18:53:30
20 feared dead in Switzerland plane crash
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Some 20 people are feared dead after a World War Two vintage aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountainside.
 
The plane - a Junker JU-52 HB-HOT - can carry up to 17 passengers and three crew. Local media say it was fully booked when it took off on Saturday.
 
Operator JU-Air said it was saddened by the news and it had set up a helpline for relatives. It has suspended all flights until further notice.
 
The cause of the crash is not yet known.
 
An eyewitness told Swiss newspaper 20 Minutes that the "plane turned 180 degrees to the south and fell to the ground like a stone".
 
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.
 
JU-Air runs sightseeing tours on its squadron of German-made vintage aircraft.
 
In another crash on Saturday, a family of four including two young children were killed when a small plane came down in central Switzerland.-BBC
 
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