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Investigations continue into tragic Swiss Aero Club plane crash

National News // Aug. 7, 2017

Air accident investigators are still trying to establish what caused a light aircraft to crash in the canton of Graubunden, killing the pilot and two 14-year-old passengers. 

Wikipedia - Samedan Airport Investigations continue into tragic Swiss Aero Club plane crash

A 17-year-old girl, who was also a passenger, was seriously injured in the crash. All three teenagers were from French-speaking Switzerland and had been taking part in a week-long youth camp, designed to introduce young people to flying.

The accident happened on Friday in the Diavolezza mountain region, near Pontresina, just 10 minutes into a 25-minute initiation flight, which started at the Samedan air field. It was the second time that the plane had taken off that day. The pilot is believed to have been a local man with many years of flying experience.

The youth camp, organised by Aero-Club Switzerland, was attended by 192 teenagers aged between 14 and 16-years-old. Over the past 35 years, 5,000 young people have attended the annual camp and there have never been any serious accidents.



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