Three deads yesterday in Switzerland in two airplane crashes, the pilot of the Swiss Air Force that crashed in the Alps was found lifeless
Berne, Switzerland - A Pilatus PC-7 crashed yesterday morning at an altitude of 4080 meters, in the evening a Mooney M20K fell to the ground near Braumwald
The wreckage of the Pilatus PC-7 airplane that had disappeared while it was flying over the Bernese Alps heading to Locarno was found yesterday afternoon. The trainer aircraft -of which the registration number has not been reported- had taken off from the Payerne air base in north-western Switzerland yesterday at 8:30 am and was expected at his destination after a one hour flight, a travel that would have been planned to transfer the airplane and not as an exercise. Searches -made difficult by weather conditions- started immediately, with many helicopter rescue-teams and other aircraft of the Swiss Air Force. In the evening the military personnel announced that the corpse of the pilot was found on the site of the accident, near the top of the Schreckhorn mountain, a peak that reaches 4,078 m of altitude. Military authorities started an investigation and will try to rescue the airplane in the next weeks. Meanwhile the crash-site has been closed to climbers and a no-fly area has been decided for all aircraft in a range of five kilometers, from the ground up to an altitude of 4000 meters above the sea level. A decidedly bad day that of yesterday, with an airplane that fell in Corsica killing the 4 people on board (a Diamond DA-42 Twin Star with registration F-HFBS, see AVIONEWS) and that also saw a Mooney M-20 falling in the evening with two people on board, both of them dead. This last aircraft -with registration D-EPPW- had departed from the Donaueschingen (Germany) airport and was going to Albenga, in Italy. Its flight tragically ended -for causes that are not yet clear- near Braunwald, in Switzerland.
World Aeronautical Press Agency