Air crash investigators struggle for information after mountain crash
Air crash investigators have started work to find out how and why a tourist flight from Ticino to Zurich crashed in the mountains near Flims in Graubünden – killing all 20 on board.
It’s the worst air crash in the country since the Crossair flight crash in Zurich in 2001, killing 24.
Why the 1939 built Junkers plane crashed is a mystery. Due to the age of the aircraft, there is little information. It doesn’t carry a black-box flight recorder, and the area has limited radar cover. Also, the pilots didn’t make a distress call.
A mid-air collision has been ruled out.
The two pilots, aged in their sixties, were highly experienced. Both were former commercial airline and military fliers.
Emergency workers say it was clear as soon as they arrived at the site there would be no survivors. The plane had hit the ground vertically at high speed.
The victims were aged between 42 and 84.