Up to 20 feared dead in Swiss Alps plane crash

All 20 people aboard an old-time propeller plane were killed when the aircraft crashed into a mountainside in the Alps in southeast Switzerland

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Several people died after a small plane crashed in a Swiss forest on Saturday morning, causing a forest fire that completely destroyed the plane, police said.

Local media and aviation websites have reported that the plane, which seated 17 passengers along with two pilots and a flight attendant, was fully booked and that no one survived.

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

In a separate incident, another small plane crashed in southeastern Switzerland on the Piz Segnas mountain above the Alpine resort of Flims.

Police have given few details but have confirmed the crash, saying the aircraft came down on a mountainside about 2,540m (8,333 ft) above sea level.

The area is popular with hikers and includes a glacier.

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There was no immediate word on the possible cause of the crash, which was under investigation by Swiss authorities.

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.

On its website, JU-Air mentions one past accident, in 1987, at the Koblenz airport in Germany in which nobody was hurt.

Police said a large rescue mission had been deployed to the scene of the crash, including five helicopters.

Police gave no information on casualties, but said on Sunday they plan a news conference in the afternoon.

Based out of Duebendorf in canton Zurich, JU-AIR offers sightseeing, charter and adventure flights with its three midcentury Junkers Ju-52 aircraft, known affectionately in German as "Auntie Ju" planes.

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