20 killed as World War II vintage plane crashes in Switzerland


Geneva: Twenty people died after a vintage World War II aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountainside, police said Sunday.

A Swiss news website quoted a police spokeswoman, Anita Senti, as confirming that everyone onboard had been killed when the aircraft, a Junkers Ju-52 propeller plane, crashed into a mountainside near the Alpine resort of Flims on Saturday.

The Junker JU52 HB-HOT aircraft, built in Germany in 1939 and now a collectors’ item, crashed into the Piz Segnas mountain in the east of the country on Saturday.

The plane was carrying 11 men and nine women, officials said, mostly from Switzerland, but they included a couple and their son from Austria.

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

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