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Flims – Twenty people died after a vintage World War II aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountainside, police said Sunday.

“The police have the sad certainty that the 20 people aboard perished,” police spokeswoman Anita Senti told a news conference.

The Junker JU52 HB-HOT aircraft, built in Germany in 1939 and now a collectors’ item, crashed into the Piz Segnas mountain in the east of the country on Saturday. 

Ju-Air, a Swiss company that offers flights with old-time Junkers Ju-52 planes, had earlier said that one of its aircraft had been involved in the accident Saturday but no further information was available.

The Swiss daily Blick said the planes can accommodate 17 passengers and three crew.

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AFP and Associated Press

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