Vintage plane's crash in Switzerland kills all 20 people on board

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All 20 people on board an old-time propeller plane were killed Saturday after the aircraft crashed in the Swiss Alps, authorities told Swiss media on Sunday.

"The police have the sad certainty that the 20 passengers perished", said a spokesperson for regional police in the canton of Grisons.

Police said the plane hit the western side of the mountain Piz Segna (top picture) at about 2,540 meters (8,333 feet) above sea level on Saturday. It was flying a group of 14 Swiss nationals and a three-member family from Austria on a sightseeing tour for the company JU-AIR.

The Junker JU52 HB-HOT aircraft, built in Germany in 1939 and now a collectors item, belongs to JU-Air, a company with links to the Swiss air force, the ATS news agency reported.

Just hours before the Ju-52 crash, a family of four was killed when their small plane went down in the Alps, but it was located further west.

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

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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.

Officials said Sunday they weren't aware of any distress call made from the plane, adding that the investigation into the crash is expected to be "relatively complex" - though there's no indication of foul play.

The cause of crash is now being investigated by the Federal Prosecutor's Office, in partnership with local Swiss authorities.

The area around the crash site, which is popular with hikers and skiers and includes a glacier, was closed to the public. Its pilots are ex-military and professional pilots, all volunteers.

The company, which operates two other Ju-52s, suspended flights until further notice after the crash.

According to JU-AIR, a Ju-52 airplane, which seats 17 passengers along with two pilots, had crashed.

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