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Swiss Plane Crash Kills All 20 Passengers On Board

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A vintage plane crashed into a mountain in Switzerland, killing all 20 passengers Saturday, according to local police.

The aircraft crashed on the Piz Segnas mountain near the Swiss Alpine resort of Flims, according to police in southeastern Graubuenden canton, the Associated Press reported.

Eleven men and nine women were killed when the plane was said to have crashed on the western side of the mountain 8,330 feet above sea level. Most of the passengers were of Swiss origin, but an Austrian couple and their son also died.

Officials do not think the incident showed evidence of foul play. Other options ruled out included hitting another plane, crashing into an obstacle or the airplane losing parts.

The vintage plane, instead, appeared to have almost vertically hit the ground at high speeds, Daniel Knecht of the Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board said, according to the AP. (RELATED: Aircraft Crashes At Holloman Air Force Base)

Passengers were on a Junker Ju-52 propeller plane, which was run by Swiss company Ju-Air. Close to 5,000 Junker Ju planes were made between 1932 to 1952, the AP reported.

The plane did not have crash-resistant cockpit voice and data recorders because it’s an older plane.

The area near the Swiss Alpine resort of Flims is a popular hiking spot.

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