Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Alps plane crash: 20 feared dead after sightseeing flight smashes into mountain

Alps plane crash: 20 feared dead after sightseeing flight smashes into mountain

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

JU-Air said on its website that it was "deeply saddened" and its "thoughts were with the passengers, the crew and families and friends of the victims".

Police in southeastern Graubuenden canton (state) said a several-seater plane crashed Saturday on the Piz Segnas mountain striking the mountain's western flank about 2,540 meters above sea level.

Police said all onboard were killed in the crash.

Officials have said they were not aware of any distress call from the aircraft before the tragedy.

The veteran plane is operated by Ju-Air, a company based in Duebendorf, near Zurich, that offers panoramic flights with old-time Junker Ju-52 planes.

Alps plane crash: 20 feared dead after sightseeing flight smashes into mountain | Daily Star
Switzerland crash: Up to 20 feared dead as WW2 plane crash

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Knecht also said the 79-year-old plane was most likely not equipped with crash-resistant data recorders that more modern aircraft have.

He said officials have essentially ruled out a collision with another aircraft or hitting an obstacle such as a wire.

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.

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".

JU-Air runs sightseeing tours on its squadron of German-made vintage aircraft. The airline suspended flights until further notice.

Florida man receives national attention for failed 'In My Feelings' challenge video
Many other videos of film stars, sports celebrities and even animals dancing alongside slow moving cars have gone viral. The videos, particularly, make the challenge look so easy that one might be tempted to give it a shot.

Like this: