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

05 August 2018

Police of Graubünden canton confirmed on Sunday that a several-seater plane crashed on the Piz Segnas mountain above the Swiss Alpine resort of Flims.

Police said Sunday they have now determined that all 20 people on board the plane, including its three crew members, died.

A small plane crashed in the Swiss Alps, killing 20 people, according to local officials. Most of the victims were Swiss but they also included a couple and their son from Austria.

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

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

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The company's flight operations were suspended, it said.

Established in 1982, JU-Air offered sightseeing, charter and adventure flights with its three mid-century Junkers Ju-52 aircraft decommissioned by the Swiss Air Force and known affectionately in German as "Auntie Ju" planes. Its pilots are ex-military and professional pilots, all of them volunteers.

The plane that crashed had its last maintenance check in late July, Waldmeier said, at which time no defects had been found.

Operator JU-Air said it was saddened by the news and it had set up a helpline for relatives.

A brochure on the company's website listed the cost of the 2-day Locarno trip as 1,130 francs ($1,136), including meals and a night in a hotel.

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