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Plane crash in Swiss Alps leaves four dead

Two Swiss and two Austrian nationals were killed on Saturday when their small plane crashed in the Swiss Alps, police said

Plane crash in Swiss Alps leaves four dead

The plane came down in the picturesque area near the Gletscherspitze peak, at an altitude of over 3,000 metres (10,000 feet), in the southern Swiss canton of Wallis, regional police said in a statement.

Wallis police said a witness had first called to report seeing the plane falling from the sky at 12:25 pm (1025 GMT), and had called back a few minutes later to say smoke was rising from the crash site.

Firefighters and rescue workers flown in by helicopter discovered that all four people onboard, two Swiss citizens aged 50 and 66 and two Austrians aged 46 and 50, had perished.

Police said they were cooperating with the Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board to probe the crash.

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Passenger saves French tourist bus from plunging into ravine in Austrian Alps

The quick reflexes of a French tourist saved a coach carrying 22 French visitors from lunging into a ravine in the Austrian Alps, police said on Sunday.

Passenger saves French tourist bus from plunging into ravine in Austrian Alps
The incident happened on a high-altitude road near the Austrian city of Schwarz. Stock Image/Depositphotos

The 65-year-old man was one of 21 French tourists in the coach when the driver fell ill and collapsed on a high-altitude road near the city of Schwaz in western Austria.

Part of the vehicle was hanging over the road's guard rail, about to fall into a 100-metre (330-feet) precipice, when the man leapt from his front-row seat and pulled the brake at the last second.

“We were a hair's breadth from catastrophe,” a police spokesman said, adding it was “incredible luck” that the passenger's reflexes managed to stop the bus.

Nine people were hospitalised in the accident, which took place on Saturday.