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All 20 Passengers of a 1930s-Era Plane Were Killed in Swiss Alps Crash

All 20 Passengers of a 1930s-Era Plane Were Killed in Swiss Alps CrashThe plane was almost vertical as it crashed



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Vintage plane crashes in Swiss Alps, killing 20 on board

Vintage plane crashes in Swiss Alps, killing 20 on boardBERLIN (AP) — Determining why a vintage plane crashed in the Swiss Alps will be challenging since the 79-year-old aircraft did not have black boxes and was traveling in an area without frequent radar readings when it plunged into a mountain, killing all 20 of the people on board, investigators said Sunday.



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Twenty killed in plane crash in Swiss Alps

Twenty killed in plane crash in Swiss AlpsBy Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi and Michael Shields FLIMS, Switzerland (Reuters) – All 20 people on board were killed when a small vintage plane crashed in the Swiss Alps, police said on Sunday. Three Austrians and 17 Swiss were on board the trimotor JU-52 aircraft, built in the late 1930′s as a military aircraft and later used to operate scenic and charter flights, when it crashed shortly before 5 p.m. (1500 GMT) on Saturday on the west side of the Piz Segnas mountain in the canton of Grissons. Police said those killed were couples from the Swiss cantons of Zurich, Thurgau, Lucerne, Schwyz, Zug and Vaud, along with a three-member family from Austria and three crew members from Thurgau and Zurich.



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WWII vintage plane crashes into Swiss mountainside, 20 dead

WWII vintage plane crashes into Swiss mountainside, 20 deadTwenty people died when a vintage World War II aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountain at the weekend, police said Sunday, as an investigation was launched into why the plane plummeted straight down at high speed. “The police have the sad certainty that the 20 people aboard perished,” police spokeswoman Anita Senti told a news conference. The German-built Junker JU52 HB-HOT aircraft, dating from 1939 and nicknamed “Iron Annie”, was a collectors’ aircraft.



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Swiss vote for public media

Swiss vote for public mediaSwiss voters on Sunday rejected a proposal that would have cut taxpayer funding to public broadcasters, after a campaign that stirred debate about the media’s role in fostering national unity. The “No Billag” initiative — a reference to the Billag firm that collects the media licensing fee — divided Switzerland on political and generational lines. Rejection of the initiative was “a strong sign for the public service and for private regional radio and television,” said the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SSR) director Gilles Marchand.



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Swiss vote for public media

Swiss vote for public mediaSwiss voters on Sunday rejected a proposal that would have cut taxpayer funding to public broadcasters, after a campaign that stirred debate about the media’s role in fostering national unity. The “No Billag” initiative — a reference to the Billag firm that collects the media licensing fee — divided Switzerland on political and generational lines. Rejection of the initiative was “a strong sign for the public service and for private regional radio and television,” said the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SSR) director Gilles Marchand.



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Swiss admit drone test bungle in Golan Heights

Swiss admit drone test bungle in Golan HeightsSwitzerland’s defense ministry has admitted sending staff to test reconnaissance drones in contested land held by Israel – an embarrassing blow for the neutral European country’s status as an honest broker in the Middle East. Swiss officials visited an airfield in the Golan Heights region on three occasions in 2012, 2013 and 2015 to monitor tests of the Israeli-built Hermes 900 aircraft that they are buying for $ 265 million. The visits, which lasted several days, took place in an area which Switzerland does not recognize as being part of Israel, which took the land from Syria following a 1967 war.



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Swiss Alpine Pass Yields 4,000-Year-Old Bow, Arrows and Lunch Box

Swiss Alpine Pass Yields 4,000-Year-Old Bow, Arrows and Lunch BoxPieces of a 4,000-year-old bow, arrows and a wooden food container that belonged to a Bronze Age mountaineer have been found in a high alpine pass in Switzerland. The artifacts are among several items found in what appears to have been a rock shelter beside a glacier near the top of the nearly 8,800-foot (2,700 meters) Lötschberg Pass, or Lötschenpass, in the Bernese Alps. The bow and arrows, food box and other items are thought to have belonged to Bronze Age hunters or animal herders who took shelter beneath a large rock near the top of the pass around 4,000 years ago, said Regula Gubler, an archaeologist for the Canton of Bern government, which announced the finds this week.



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Elderly Swiss couple found murdered in Kenya's Mombasa city

Elderly Swiss couple found murdered in Kenya's Mombasa cityBy Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA (Reuters) – The bodies of an elderly Swiss couple were found dumped by a country road in Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa with severe injuries on Sunday, police said, and the caretaker of a property where they had been due to stay was being sought for questioning. Regional police chief Larry Kiyeng identified them by name and said they had flown into Kenya on Saturday and had planned to stay at a private residence in Nyali, an upmarket estate in Mombasa. The couple, who appeared to be between 60 and 70 years old, were found wrapped in a blanket near a local nightclub on the outskirts of Mombasa, area police chief Christopher Rotich said.  “They have severe injuries.



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Swiss Hotel Apologizes for Singling Out Jews in Signs

Swiss Hotel Apologizes for Singling Out Jews in SignsThe hotel defended its signs requiring only Jews to shower before using the pool facilities.



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