Two planes crash in Swiss Alps, 23 killed

Zurich : At least 23 people were killed when two planes crashed in separate accidents in Switzerland on Saturday, one in Swiss Alps and another plane crashed in country’s southeast.

A small plane crashed into a forest in central Switzerland, killing a local family of four who had just taken off for France, police said. In a separate incident, another plane crashed in the country’s southeast.

Police in the southeastern Swiss canton of Graubuenden said local airline JU-AIR said one of its Ju-52 airplanes, 17 seater plane along with two pilots  crashed on the Piz Segnas mountain above the Alpine resort of Flims killing 17 passengers.

Ju-Air, a Swiss company that offers flights with veteran Junkers Ju-52 planes, said that one of its aircraft had been involved in an accident Saturday.

“We have the sad duty to announce that one of our Ju-52 aircraft had a accident today,” the airline said on its website. “At the moment, no further information is available.”

The investigation is on to know the cause of the crash.

Five helicopters and a large rescue mission has been deployed to accident site 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.

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