Three dead in tourist plane crash in Switzerland

A pilot and two passengers died. A tourist plane crashed on Saturday in a steep area in the canton of Neuchâtel (western Switzerland), the cantonal police announced. The small passenger plane crashed near the Ponts-de-Martel, in the Neuchâtel Mountains around 10:20 a.m. local (08:20 GMT), said the police. “The pilot and two passengers died at the scene,” police said without providing details of the casualties.

A steep forest area

The plane, registered in Switzerland, had taken off from La Chaux-de-Fonds airport for a tourist flight. The accident occurred in a steep forest area, difficult to access, which complicates the work of the rescue teams on site, according to the police.

The causes of the accident are unclear, the statement added, adding that an investigation is underway to clarify the circumstances of the tragedy.

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