The Latest: Tourist plane crashes in the Swiss Alps, 20 dead

BERLIN – The Latest news about the crash of a propeller plane in the Swiss Alps (all times are local):

2:10 pm

Swiss police say all 20 people on board an old propeller plane were killed when the plane crashed in the mountains in the southeast of Switzerland.

The Swiss news site quoted police spokeswoman Anita Senti as to say that the police now know all 20 people on the Junkers Ju-52 propeller plane died in the crash Saturday near the Alpine resort of Flims.

The officials said 11 men and nine women were killed, most of Switzerland, but also a couple and their son from Austria.

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


9:50 pm

An old propeller plane is controlled 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. 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.

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