20 killed in World War II plane crash in Switzerland

20 killed in World War II plane crash in Switzerland

20 killed in World War II plane crash in Switzerland

Twenty people died after a vintage World War II aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountainside, according to police.

All 20 people on board were killed, police said Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018.

The bodies of the victims, 17 from Switzerland and three from Austria - believed to be an Austrian couple and their son - are still being recovered.

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.

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.

Eleven men and nine women were among the people killed on the plane.

He said hot weather conditions did not contribute to the crash and that the aircraft fell nearly vertically out of the sky at relatively high speed.

Mount Piz Segnas and the Atlas, back right, are pictured in Switzerland where police say a several-seater plane crashed on the Piz Segnas mountain (file photo).

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"Yesterday was the worst day in the 36-year history of JU-Air", the airline's Chief Executive Kurt Waldmeier said at a news conference in nearby Flims on Sunday.

He said that officials expect the investigation of the cause to be "relatively complex".

Authorities are investigating what caused the deadly crash.

The area around the crash site, which is popular with hikers and skiers and includes a glacier, was closed to the public.

The company, which operates two other Ju-52s, suspended flights until further notice after the crash.

Just hours before the Ju-52 crash, a family of four was killed when their small plane went down in the Alps, but it was located further west.

They were produced in Germany between 1932 and 1952, serving both as passenger and military planes.

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