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Vintage Plane Nosedives in Alps, Kills All Aboard

Officials say crash of tourist plane Saturday 'relatively complex'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2018 8:13 AM CDT
Vintage Plane Nosedives in Alps, Kills All Aboard
A German Junkers Ju 52 transport aircraft performs a demonstration flight at Le Bourget, north of Paris, during the 48th Paris Air Show, Sunday, June 21, 2009.   (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

(Newser) – All 20 people aboard a Junkers Ju-52 vintage propeller plane were killed when it slammed near vertically into the Swiss Alps on Saturday, reports the AP, spurring an investigation that officials are already expecting to be "relatively complex." The crash occurred near the resort town of Flims, and the plane, operated by Swiss tourism company Ju-Air, issued no distress call. Officials don't think the cause was mid-air collision, foul play, or the plane breaking up, but are hampered by a presumed lack of modern voice and data recorders. Junkers Ju-52 planes were built between 1932 and 1952 and can carry up to 17 passengers and three crew. (Read more prop plane stories.)

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