Swiss police confirm 20 dead in WWII vintage plane crash
Swiss police confirm 20 dead in WWII vintage plane crash
Up to 20 feared dead after vintage plane crashes in the Swiss Alps
05 August, 2018, 21:58
Twenty people died when a vintage World War II aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountain at the weekend, police said Sunday, as an investigation was launched into why the plane plummeted straight down at high speed.
Police spokeswoman Anita Senti told reporters that it was with "sad certainty" that "the 20 people aboard perished".
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The wreckage of the plane was in a basin at 2,450 meters (8,000 feet) above sea level surrounded on three sides by peaks, a Reuters witness said.
Up to 20 people are feared dead after a small plane crashed in the Swiss Alps.
Authorities were informed of the crash at 5 p.m. Saturday, 50 minutes after the aircraft had taken off from Locarno's Magadino airfield.
Swiss police said five copters were involved in the search and rescue operation and the airspace over the crash site was to remain closed until late Sunday.
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