1939-built Junkers Ju-52 crashes in Switzerland

HB-HOT during a sightseeing flight in 1998. Photo: © Aero Icarus

A Ju-Air Junkers Ju-52 (“Tante Ju”), built in 1939, has crashed into a mountainside in Switzerland.

The location of the wreck is reported to be at Piz Segnas, a mountain range in eastern Switzerland, at an altitude of more than 2,500 metres. Emergency crews are on scene using five helicopters and numerous ground vehicles.

On board the Ju-52 were 20 people, 17 passengers and three crew members. All of them have died in the crash.

The aircraft has the registration HB-HOT, it was built in 1939 and was first delivered to the Swiss Air Force. Ju-Air is operating it since 1982, mostly for sightseeing flights in Switzerland and central Europe. This Ju-52 is based at Dübendorf air field, not far from Zürich.

Earlier on Saturday, a Socata TB-10 crashed in central Switzerland, killing a family of four people, including two children. Making the Junkers crash the second serious air accident in Switzerland on one day.

Editor’s note: The author Jakob Wert, who is the sole copyright holder of this content, also co-published this article on another news website.