Vintage aircraft crashes in Alpine mountains
Switzerland, one of the most beautiful countries in the world, witnessed two air crashes on Saturday killing twenty-four people. A small airliner crashed in the Swiss Alps, just hours after a family of four was killed when their small plane went down in a forest.
According to Deusche Welle, German radio, A Ju-52 aircraft from 1939 has crashed in the Swiss Alps, with up to 20 people feared to have died. Earlier, a small plane crashed near Lucerne, killing a family of four.
The Swiss authorities on Sunday were reportedly continuing rescue operations in the Alpine canton of Graununden after a vintage Junker Ju-52 aircraft crashed in the mountains.
The airline website carries the news on its home page saying, “A JU-Air Ju-52 crashed on Saturday, August 4. The JU-Air team is deeply saddened and thinks of the passengers, the crew and families and friends of the victims. The flight operations of JU-Air is suspended until further notice.”
Police said on Twitter that five helicopters and a large rescue mission were deployed to the scene of the accident, which occurred on the west side of the Piz Segnas mountain in the canton of Graubuenden.
The airspace above the crash site, which is 2,450 metres (8,038 feet) above sea level, was closed by the country’s Federal Office for Civil Aviation.
The 79-year old plane, operated by the company JU-AIR for sightseeing flights, can carry 17 passengers and three crew members.