Vintage Sightseeing Plane Crashes in Switzerland, No Survivors Found

By Anna Breuer on 5 August 2018
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IMGP4628A vintage Ju-Air propeller plane operating a sightseeing flight crashed into a mountainside in southeast Switzerland near the town of Flims.

Swiss police said that all 20 people on board the plane, a Junkers Ju 52, were killed.

“The Ju-Air team is deeply saddened and thinks of the passengers, the crew and families and friends of the victims,” the airline said in a statement on its website.

Ju-Air has suspended flight operations “until further notice,” it said.

Junkers manufactured the Ju 52, a tri-motor aircraft that carried the nickname “Tante Ju” (Aunt Ju), from 1931 to 1952. It was used for both military and civilian purposes. Until the company was taken over by the National Socialist regime in Germany in 1935, the Ju 52 was typically produced as a 17-seat aircraft. It was largely used by Lufthansa forerunner Luft Hansa, which eventually had 80 of the type in its fleet.

The Ju 52 served as a troop and cargo transport with Lufthansa during the Second World War and was a fixture in military and civilian fleets well into the 1980s.

The Ju 52 involved in the accident was one of eight still in operation in 2018. It was built in 1939 and delivered to the Swiss Air Force. Ju-Air acquired it in 1982.

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