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20 Killed in Swiss Alps Plane Crash

Twenty people died after a vintage World War II aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountainside at the weekend, police said on Sunday.

“The police have the sad certainty that the 20 people aboard perished,” police spokeswoman Anita Senti told a news conference.

There were 11 men and nine women aboard, including an Austrian couple and their son, she said.

The Junker JU52 HB-HOT aircraft, built in Germany in 1939 and now a collectors’ item, crashed into Piz Segnas, a 10,000-foot peak in the east of the country on Saturday.

The crash occurred at 2,540 metres on the mountain’s western flank, Senti said.

The airspace above the crash site was closed by the Federal Office for Civil Aviation and access to popular hiking trails were blocked.

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