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ACCIDENT

Climbers killed by falling stone in Swiss Alps

Two climbers, one French and the other Swiss, died on Sunday in separate accidents in the Swiss Alps, police said.

Two French climbers were caught by a rockfall while climbing in the Trient glacier early Sunday and fell 50 metres, police in the canton of Valais said.  

One was killed after being struck on the head and died at the scene. The other suffered an ankle injury and was taken by helicopter to hospital, the statement added.  

A little later on Sunday morning, a 23-year-old Swiss climber died when he fell 400 metres as he and a colleague were coming down Stecknadeljoch, in the same district.

CRASH

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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