4 Killed as Plane Crashes in Swiss Alps

Four people have been killed as a light aircraft crashed into the summit of a glacier in the Swiss Alps, police said Saturday.

In the latest fatal accident to hit the popular tourist region, the plane went down 3,300 metres (10,800 feet) above sea level late Friday in an area known as the Dunand Pass.

A statement from the police in southern Valais canton said the plane was a four-seater made by the French firm Robin and which had taken off from Sion airport for “a pleasure flight”.

After receiving an alert, authorities dispatched rescue teams to the summit but found the pilot and three passengers dead at the scene, AFP writes.

“The circumstances of the accident have not yet been determined,” police added. The victims have not yet been formally identified.

The crash comes after an unusually deadly winter season in the Swiss Alps that saw multiple hikers killed in a series of avalanches.

 

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