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WWII-era plane crashes, kills 20 in Switzerland

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WWII we Plane crash kills 20 in Alps A vintage World War II-era plane crashed into a Swiss mountainside, killing all 20 people on board, local police said.

The Junkers JU-52 HB-HOT aircraft crashed Saturday in the Alps in eastern Switzerland with 17 passengers and three crew members on board for a sightseeing tour. The plane crashed at about 8,330 feet above sea level.

"Based on the situation at the crash site we can say that the aircraft hit the ground almost vertically at a relatively high speed," said Daniel Knecht, head of aviation at the Swiss Accident Investigation Board.

The plane departed from an airport in Locarno and was en route to a military airfield in Zurich.

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