Vintage plane's crash in Switzerland kills all 20 people on board

Two Planes Crash Hours Apart In Swiss Alps 23 Dead

The area is popular with hikers and includes a glacier.

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

Daniel Knecht of the Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board told Blick in a news conference that the vintage aircraft may have hit the ground near-vertically at a high rate of speed. Knecht also said the 79-year-old plane was most likely not equipped with crash-resistant data recorders that more modern aircraft have.

Earlier on Saturday, a small plane carrying a family of four, including two young children, crashed near the town of Hergiswil, some 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) south of Lucerne in central Switzerland.

He said that officials expect the investigation of the cause to be "relatively complex".

Ju-Air, which offers flights from Junkers Ju-52 planes, said one of its vehicles was involved in the incident.

The airline posteda statement online: "We have the sad duty to announce that one of our Ju-52 aircraft had an accident today".

The company, which operates two other Ju-52s, suspended flights until further notice after the crash.

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.

FILE - In this Saturday, May 30, 2009 photo Mount Piz Segnas and the Atlas, back right, are pictured in Switzerland.

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