Alps plane crash: 20 feared dead after sightseeing flight smashes into mountain | Daily Star
05 August, 2018, 18:26
Established in 1982, JU-Air offered sightseeing, charter and adventure flights with its three mid-century Junkers Ju-52 aircraft decommissioned by the Swiss Air Force and known affectionately in German as "Auntie Ju" planes.
All 20 people on board were killed, police said Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018.
There are now no details on casualties but the Ju-52 can carry up to 17 passengers, two passengers and a flght attendant.
"The plane turned 180 degrees to the south and fell to the ground like a stone", the witness said, adding that the debris was scattered over "a very small area" - indicating that an explosion was unlikely to have been the cause of the crash. Most of the people killed were from Switzerland, along with an Austrian couple and their son.
Police said the aircraft crashed into the mountain's western flank about 2,540 meters (8,330 feet) above sea level.
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A small plane crashed in the Swiss Alps, killing 20 people, according to local officials.
Nidwalden canton (state) police said that the aircraft went down near the town of Hergiswil today morning.
The plane was flying the passengers back from a two-day trip to Locarno in southern Switzerland to its base at Duebendorf, near Zurich.
Daniel Knech of the Swiss safety investigation service SESE said the crew did not have time to send out a distress signal.
It said it was suspending flights until further notice.
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