A spokesman for the Swiss police, Anita Senti said, it had received assurance that 17 passengers and three crew members were killed at the crash site.
“The victim consisted of 11 men and nine women, including an Austrian couple and their son,” Senti said at a press conference on Sunday (05/08/2018).
Launching from AFP, the ill-fated plane was a JU52 HB-HOT type, owned by Ju-Air. The German production aircraft in 1939 fell on Piz Segnas Mountain, around an altitude of 2,540 meters on the west side of the mountain.
Local newspaper Blick reported that the plane was returning home to the Dubendorf military airstrip from Locarno. Local media, quoting an eyewitness, said the plane had turned 180 degrees south before falling.
“The plane crashed like a rock. The plane’s fragments were scattered into a small area, indicating the accident was not caused by an explosion in the air,” the witness said. The police had previously dispatched five helicopters for search and rescue missions until Sunday night.
Through its official website, Ju-Air expressed condolences to all families of accident victims. The Ju-Air airline, which has links with the Swiss Air Force, operates four 1939-made Junker aircraft.
Airplane pilots are military veterans and professional pilots who work voluntarily. After the incident, the airline’s operations were temporarily suspended.