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Old-time plane crashes in Swiss Alps, killing 20 on board

Old-time plane crashes in Swiss Alps, killing 20 on board”

All 20 people on board an old World War II propeller plane have died after crashing in the Swiss Alps during a sightseeing flight.

Officials said 11 men and nine women were killed, most from Switzerland but also a couple and their son from Austria.

The plane crashed in an inaccessible area of forest in the Rengg mountain pass in the canton of Nidwalden.

The plane was operated by JU-Air, an association set-up to keep the planes flying after they were taken out of service by the Swiss Air Force in 1981.

Speaking at a news conference on Sunday in the Alpine resort of Flims, near the crash site, Knecht said the vintage plane presumably didn't have the crash- resistant cockpit voice and data recorders that more modern aircraft have.

According to JU-AIR, a Ju-52 airplane, which seats 17 passengers along with two pilots, had crashed.

Police said all onboard were killed in the crash.

Ju-Air, a company which offers observation tours in the retro planes, said on Saturday that one of its aircraft was involved in an accident.

The aircraft was a Junker JU52 HB-HOT plane, built in Germany in 1939 and now a collectors' item.

FILE - In this Saturday, May 30, 2009 photo Mount Piz Segnas and the Atlas, back right, are pictured in Switzerland.



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