Up to 20 feared dead in Swiss Alps plane crash

Charlene Craig
August 5, 2018

Eleven men and nine women between the ages of 42 and 84 were killed. Most were from Switzerland but also a couple and their son from Austria.

JU-Air runs a small fleet of four Junker planes, all built in 1939 and operated by ex-military and professional pilots.

Investigators said that it could take time to determine the cause of the crash because the aircraft was so old.

Daniel Knecht, of the Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board, said the plane appears to have hit the ground near-vertically and at high speed in the crash.

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Officials can essentially rule out a collision with another aircraft or an obstacle such as a wire, Knecht said.

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.

The plane, which was on a flight between Locarno in southern Switzerland, to Dübendorf, a suburb of Zurich, was found about 2,540 meters (8,333 feet) above sea level.

Authorities are investigating what caused the deadly crash.

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The airspace above the crash site was closed by the Federal Office for Civil Aviation and access to popular hiking trails in the surrounding area was blocked.

They were produced in Germany between 1932 and 1952, serving both as passenger and military planes. He said it had its full annual service during the winter, and "we know of no technical problems with this aircraft".

According to JU-AIR, a Ju-52 airplane, which seats 17 passengers along with two pilots, had crashed. We can not guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired.

The aircraft belongs to JU-Air, a company with links to the Swiss air force, the ATS news agency reported. JU-AIR also suspended flights with the remaining two Ju-52s until further notice.

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