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

The cause of the crash is still under investigation

The cause of the crash is still under investigation

Twenty people died after a vintage World War II aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountainside, police said on Sunday (Aug 5).

Police spokeswoman Anita Senti told reporters that it was with "sad certainty" that "the 20 people aboard perished".

Up to 20 people are feared dead after a small plane crashed in the Swiss Alps.

Daniel Knecht of the Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board told Blick in a news conference that the vintage aircraft may have hit the ground near-vertically at a high rate of speed.

The crash followed another fatal incident on the same day, in which a tourist plane carrying a couple and two young children crashed in a forest in central Switzerland and immediately burst into flames.

Although there were eyewitnesses to the crash, the BBC's Imogen Foulkes says that the investigation into what happened will take time.

Knecht said officials expect the investigation of the cause to be "relatively complex, because we have to compare various indications, information and evidence and evaluate them".

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But Seventeen passengers, two pilots, and a flight attendant lost their lives in the accident, said police on August 5, according to Swiss news website Blick.

Knech also ruled out the idea that the plane had hit an object, such as a cable or another aircraft.

The crash occurred above the Swiss Alpine resort of Flims, an area popular with hikers and skiers.

Ju-Air started operating flights with the old-timers in 1983, and the plane that crashed - with the registration HB-HOT - had been in service with the company since 1985.

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

Chief executive and co-founder Kurt Waldmeier said the planes "are flown exclusively by very experienced professional pilots, and strictly checked and maintained by our own technicians". It has suspended all flights until further notice.

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