Country
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Glarus

Crash of a Junkers JU.52/3mg4e in Piz Segnas: 20 killed

Date & Time: Aug 4, 2018 at 1650 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HB-HOT
Flight Phase:
Site:
Schedule:
Locarno - Dübendorf
MSN:
6595
YOM:
1939
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
17
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
20
Captain / Total hours on type:
900.00
Copilot / Total hours on type:
250
Circumstances:
The three engine aircraft departed Locarno Airport in the afternoon on a return trip to Dübendorf, carrying 17 passengers and a crew of three. While flying over the Alps in relative good weather conditions, the airplane went out of control, dove into the ground and crashed inverted in a rocky area located on the west slope of the Piz Segnas, at the border between Glarus and Graubunden. The aircraft was totally destroyed upon impact and all 20 occupants have been killed. According to preliminary report, the airplane lost height rapidly and crashed like a stone, confirming the version of several eyewitnesses. Any in-flight collision with another aircraft or a cable was excluded by the authorities which also confirmed that no in-flight fire occurred prior to the accident and that the aircraft did not lose any component prior to impact. Investigations will take time as the aircraft was not equipped with any recording systems.

Crash of a Savoia S.9 in Gliems Glacier: 2 killed

Date & Time: Sep 7, 1920 at 0847 LT
Type of aircraft:
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Survivors:
No
Site:
YOM:
1920
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Aircraft was on its way from Lake Maggiore to Finland while on a delivery flight with a crew of two on board. It left Lake Maggiore early in the morning. While overflying the Alps, aircraft went out of control and crashed onto the Gliems Glacier, in the region of Toedi, Glarus. Both crew were killed and their bodies were transferred to Zurich were they were cremated four days later.
Crew:
Major V.W. Mikkola, pilot
Lieutenant Ae.R.L. Durchman.
Probable cause:
According to Swiss authorities, the accident was caused by the disintegration of the wooded propeller in flight due to a faulty gluing method during manufacturing by Savoia, due to sabotage.