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ACCIDENT

Glacier gives up bodies of lost 1920s climbers

Human remains found at the foot of a Swiss glacier could belong to three members of a climbing party who disappeared in 1926, a report said on Tuesday.

A mountain guide alerted police after coming across human bones, clothes and climbing equipment by the Aletsch glacier in southwestern Valais canton.

An old pair of binoculars was also found along with coins dating from the 1920s and wooden ski poles, indicating that the owners died many decades ago beneath the 3,811-metre Dreieckhorn peak.

Local newspaper Walliser Bote said the victims were part of a four-strong climbing party, three of whom were brothers who disappeared on the glacier in March 1926.

Formal identification could take several weeks, a police spokesman said.

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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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