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Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Vintage Plane Crashes in Swiss Alps: 20 Feared Dead

Vintage Plane Crashes in Swiss Alps: 20 Feared Dead

All 20 people on board a vintage World War Two plane which crashed in the Swiss Alps have died, police say.

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. The area is popular with hikers and includes a glacier.

According to the SwissInfo website, citing local police, the plane went down near the Piz Segnas mountain on the afternoon of August 4 at an altitude of 8,330 feet.

Among those killed were 17 people from Switzerland and three people from an Austrian family, including a couple and their son.

Ju-Air's Ju-52 planes are former Swiss military aircraft, built in 1939, that were retired by the air force in 1981.

On Sunday, Swiss officials said they were unaware that any distress call had been sent out from the plane, and said they expected the investigation into the cause to be "relatively complex".

There are now no details on casualties but the Ju-52 can carry up to 17 passengers, two passengers and a flght attendant.

Police said all onboard were killed in the crash.

Speaking Sunday at a news conference in Flims, he said the vintage plane presumably didn't have the crash-resistant cockpit voice and data recorders that more modern aircraft have. There was no immediate word on casualties.

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