Plane crash in Switzerland killed all 20 people on board

  • Plane crash in Switzerland killed all 20 people on board

Plane crash in Switzerland killed all 20 people on board

The airspace above the crash site was closed by the Federal Office for Civil Aviation and access to popular hiking trails in the surrounding area was blocked.

Eleven men and nine women were killed, officials said.

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 appears to have hit the ground near-vertically and at "relatively high speed", according to Daniel Knecht of the Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board.

In another crash on Saturday, a family of four including two young children were killed when a small plane came down in central Switzerland.

Mr Knecht said the vintage plane presumably did not have the crash-resistant cockpit voice and data recorders that more modern aircraft have.

The Ju-52 aircraft, made by Germany's Junkers, were made between 1932 and 1952.

The airline posteda statement online: "We have the sad duty to announce that one of our Ju-52 aircraft had an accident today".

FILE - In this September 1, 2004 photo, from left, the Tschingel Horn mountains, Atlas ridge and Mount Piz Segnas are pictured in Switzerland.

Police have confirmed the crash, saying in a tweet that it occurred on the western side of the mountain Piz Segna (top picture) at about 2,540 meters (8,333 feet) above sea level on Saturday.

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