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Switzerland crash: Twenty dead as WW2 plane crash

A general view of the accident site of a Junkers Ju-52 airplane

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The airplane got here down excessive above sea stage within the Swiss Alps

Twenty folks have died after a World Warfare Two classic plane crashed right into a Swiss mountainside, police say.

The airplane – a Junker JU-52 HB-HOT – was carrying 17 passengers and three crew on a sightseeing flight when it took off on Saturday afternoon.

Operator JU-Air mentioned it was saddened by the information and it had arrange a helpline for kin. It has suspended all flights till additional discover.

The reason for the crash will not be but identified.

In a information convention on Sunday, the police mentioned that the passengers have been aged between 42 and 84 years outdated and that the kin of all however one of many victims had been contacted.

An eyewitness instructed Swiss newspaper 20 Minutes that the “airplane turned 180 levels to the south and fell to the bottom like a stone”.

The plane got here down on a mountainside about 2,540m (eight,333 ft) above sea stage, police say.

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JU-Air

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The airplane concerned was made in Germany within the 1930s

JU-Air runs sightseeing excursions on its squadron of German-made classic plane.

In one other crash on Saturday, a household of 4 together with two younger youngsters have been killed when a small airplane got here down in central Switzerland.

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