Up to 20 people are feared dead after Nazi WWII sightseeing plane crashes into Alps just hours after family of four were killed when their aircraft went down in Swiss forest

Sunday, August 5, 2018
By Paul Martin

The old-time propeller plane crashed on the Piz Segnas mountain above the Swiss Alpine resort of Flims
All the passengers aboard the plane were killed in the crash, authorities confirmed on Saturday
Earlier on Saturday, a plane crashed in the Rengg mountain pass area, killing two parents and their children

By KHALEDA RAHMAN
DAILYMAIL.COM
5 August 2018

All 20 people on board a vintage sightseeing plane were killed when the aircraft crashed into a mountainside in the Swiss Alps – hours after a family of four were killed when their small aircraft went down in a forest.

The Junkers Ju-52 plane went down on Saturday on the Piz Segnas mountain above the Swiss Alpine resort of Flims, striking the mountain’s western flank about 2,540 metres (8,330 feet) above sea level.

The mountainous area in south-eastern Switzerland is popular with hikers and skiers and includes a glacier.

Police said they have now determined that all 20 people on board the plane, including its three crew members, died. Eleven men and nine women were killed.

Most of the victims – aged between 42 and 84 – were Swiss but they also included a couple and their son from Austria.

Earlier on Saturday, a small plane crashed in the Rengg mountain pass area in the canton of Nidwalden, killing two parents and their two children.

Both crashes were under investigation.

The plane in the latest crash was operated by Ju-Air, a Swiss company that offers tours with vintage former Swiss military aircraft.

Swiss officials said they are not aware of any distress call from the plane. They also expect the investigation into the cause of the crash to be ‘relatively complex’.

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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