Two Swiss dead in German plane crash

Two Swiss died and another was left fighting for his life after a light aircraft crashed shortly after take-off in northern Germany, police said on Tuesday.

A 58-year-old man, thought to be the pilot, and a 54-year-old woman were killed in the crash on Monday near the small town of Parchim, around 150 kilometres north-west of Berlin, authorities said.

A police spokeswoman told AFP that a second man, aged 59, was battling life-threatening injuries and a 61-year-old woman was seriously wounded but not in danger of dying of her injuries.

The cause of the accident was unclear, the spokeswoman told AFP. “We are assuming that the crash was caused by a technical fault,” she said.

The four-seater propeller-driven Diamond Aircraft DA42 came down in a meadow a few kilometres after take-off. All four people in the plane were Swiss citizens, police said.


US teen who drowned in Switzerland was ‘piano prodigy’

The 13-year-old American boy who drowned recently in the Burgseeli near Interlaken has been described as an accomplished pianist and hockey player by his family.

US teen who drowned in Switzerland was 'piano prodigy'
Albert Yin was described as a gentle giant. Photo: Albert Yin Memorial Fund

Albert Yin from Maryland drowned in late June while swimming in the lake which is popular bathing spot in summer.

The boy was rescued by a police diver and resuscitated at the scene. He was then airlifted to hospital. But he later died at the facility.

Albert was a great ice hockey player and pianist, according to comments made by his family to US broadcaster CBS

“Over the summer, we go to perform in prestigious venues overseas. So this year, we had gone to Italy and we had gone to Switzerland and after our concerts, we would go to do vacation and touristy things,” his sister Margaret told CBS. 

The day before Albert died, the 13-year-old had performed the Hungarian Rhapsody by Liszt at the Culture and Convention Centre (KKL) in Lucerne. 

Albert Yin's have now sent up a crowdfunding campaign to help fund funeral expenses and the setting up of a memorial scholarship in his name. 

A Swiss police investigation into the teen's death is still underway, according to the Blick newspaper.