20 killed when tourist plane crashes in Swiss Alps

05 August, 2018, 21:55 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Alps plane crash: 20 feared dead after sightseeing flight smashes into mountain | Daily Star

All 20 people overseas a German-made Ju-52 plane were killed when the WWII-era aircraft crashed in the Alps, Swiss authorities said on Sunday.

The wreckage of the plane was in a basin at 2,450 metres (8,000 feet) above sea level surrounded on three sides by peaks, a Reuters witness said.

Local media and aviation websites have reported that the plane, which seated 17 passengers along with two pilots and a flight attendant, was fully booked and that no one survived.

On its website, JU-Air mentions one past accident, in 1987, at the Koblenz airport in Germany in which no one was hurt.

JU-Air CEO Kurt Waldmeier told reporters that the plane had undergone a maintenance inspection in July.

He and senior police official Andreas Tobler said the vintage plane lacked "black boxes", the crash-resistant cockpit voice and data recorders that more modern aircraft have. Most were from Switzerland but also a couple and their son from Austria.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News.

The cause of the crash, which occurred hours after a family of four was killed when their small plane went down further west in the Alps, is under investigation.

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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.

Police said that the aircraft had burned and officials haven't yet been able to ascertain the exact number and identity of those who died.

Authorities are investigating what caused the deadly crash.

Knech also ruled out the idea that the plane had hit an object, such as a cable or another aircraft.

Junkers JU-52 planes were manufactured between the 1930s and 1950s. JU-AIR also suspended flights with the remaining two Ju-52s until further notice.

JU-Air runs sightseeing tours on its squadron of German-made vintage aircraft from Dübendorf military airfield near Zurich.

Eleven men and nine women were among the people killed on the plane.

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