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Old-time plane crashes in the Swiss Alps; the victims uncertain

BERLIN – An old propeller airplane is managed by a company that offers panoramic flights has crashed in the Swiss Alps. There was no immediate word on the victims.

The police in the southeastern Graubuenden canton (state) said a multiple-seater plane crashed Saturday on the Piz Segnas mountain above the Swiss Alpine resort of Flims, the beating of the mountain, in the western flank about 2,540 metres (8,330 ft) above sea level. The area is popular with hikers and features a glacier.

The police gave no information on casualties, but said Sunday they are planning a press conference in the afternoon.

Ju-Air, a company located in Duebendorf, near Zurich, and offers flights with old-time Junkers Ju-52 aircraft, said one of its planes were involved in the accident Saturday. He gave no further information.

Swiss police confirmed that a Ju-aircraft with the registration HB-HOT was the one who crashed.

Almost 5,000 Ju-52 aircraft were built between 1932 and 1952. The Swiss newspaper Blick said the aircraft are suitable for up to 17 passengers and three crew members.

Switzerland civil aviation authority closed airspace above the site after the crash.

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