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ACCIDENT

Two climbers killed in Swiss Alps: police

An Austrian and a German climber were killed in two separate incidents in the Swiss Alps, police from the south-west canton of Valais said on Saturday.

“Two Austrian mountaineers attempted to climb the Dent-Blanche mountain” on Saturday, the police said in a statement.  

“During the descent … at 4,000 meters and for reasons which are still unknown, one of the climbers fell about 400 metres,” it said.  

The 27-year-old died on the spot, the police said.  

In a separate incident, the police said that on Friday a 43-year-old German mountaineer failed to return after attempting to climb the 4,010 metre high Lagginhorn peak.  

His body was found on Saturday at an altitude of 3,600 metres, and it appeared he had died following a 50 metre fall, the police said.  

On July 15, another German climber had died from a fall on the Lagginhorn peak.

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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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