Up to 20 feared dead in WWII vintage plane crash in Switzerland

Elias Hubbard
August 5, 2018

In a separate incident Saturday, police in the southeastern Swiss canton of Graubuenden said a several-seater plane crashed on the Piz Segnas mountain above the Alpine resort of Flims.

The 79-year-old plane, operated by the company JU-AIR for sightseeing flights, can carry up to 17 passengers and three crew members.

Authorities provided few details about the second crash but local airline JU-AIR said one of its Ju-52 airplanes, which seats 17 passengers along with two pilots, had crashed.

In another crash on Saturday, a family of four including two young children were killed when a small plane came down in central Switzerland. The plane was constructed in 1939, according to the Swiss news agency.

The cause of the crash is not yet known.

It has suspended all flights until further notice.

The local newspaper Blick said that all passengers on board the plane had been killed, but police have so far given no information on casualties.

Cantonal police in Nidwalden also said that another aircraft went down near the town of Hergiswil earlier on Saturday morning, shortly before 10 am. The charred state of the wreckage meant that victim identification was hard, a police spokesman had earlier said.

"Before rescuers could make their way to the scene, a fire which spread out over the wooded area had to be put out by helicopter and a path had to be cleared to the wreck", police said in a statement.

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