Switzerland: Ju-52 crash with 20 dead – pilot errors caused misfortune

Switzerland: Ju-52 crash with 20 dead - pilot errors caused misfortune

The behavior of pilots is the main cause of an airplane crash in the Swiss Alps with 20 dead. That goes from final report Security Investigation Body (SUST). It is said that various factors led to the accident. But Sust cites a “high risk flight control” as a “direct cause”.

The nearly 80-year-old Junors Ju-52 machine, known as “Tent Ju”, crashed on August 4, 2018, at a height of more than 2500 meters in a hiking area in Canton, Grubandon. There were no left.

The machine belonged to Ju-Air, which runs in collaboration with flight enthusiasts. They offered sightseeing and short trips. The passengers were on their return flight from Locarno Juric.

Reportedly, experienced pilots between the ages of 62 and 63 flew the machine in a narrow valley at low altitudes and dangerously low speeds. They lost control when the plane crashed.

Risk not recognized

But other problems also contributed to the crash: Ju-Air pilots broke the rules of safe flight operations more often and, according to the report, took higher risks when flying with passengers.

The operational union did not identify the risks and the Federal Aviation Office Civil Aviation as the supervisory authority ignored a number of safety problems.

The club received a flight ban in November 2018. The Ministry of Transportation ordered a review of federal office activities last year.

According to its own information, the association wants to learn from the final report and resume flight operations in 2023. It says in a message. Selection, training and control of pilots will be improved.

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