Swiss pilot killed in mystery plane crash

Investigators are puzzling over the crash of a light plane in the canton of Fribourg on Thursday afternoon that killed a 57-year-old pilot.

Weather conditions appeared to be perfect with blue skies posing no visibility problems.

But for some reason the single-seat autonomous glider plummeted into a field near a farm close to Romont.

The pilot, a Swiss man living in Bern, was killed upon impact, Fribourg cantonal police said.

The plane he was flying would have been normally capable of gliding without the use of an engine.

A neighbour noticed the aircraft appeared to be in difficulty, Le Matin newspaper reported.

“At first I believed he was going to end his flight on the roof of the tennis club,” he said.

But then the plane disappeared from view.

Police said there were no other injuries.

Fire fighters from Romont arrived at the scene to prevent fuel aboard the aircraft from contaminating the soil.

The plane was flying from Romont in the direction of Fribourg, police said.

The Swiss accident investigation service (SESA) is looking into the causes of the crash.

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Plane crash in Swiss Alps kills four

Four people died when their light aircraft crashed into the summit of a glacier in the Swiss Alps, police said Saturday, in the latest fatal accident to hit the popular tourist region.

Plane crash in Swiss Alps kills four
Photo: Clearfrost/Flickr

The plane went down 3,300 metres (10,800 feet) above sea level at 4:45 pm (1445 GMT) on Friday in an area known as the Dunand Pass, police in southern Valais canton said in a statement.

They identified the plane as a four-seater made by the French firm Robin and which had taken off from Sion airport for “a pleasure flight”.

After receiving an alert, authorities dispatched rescue teams to the summit but found the pilot and three passengers dead at the scene.

“The circumstances of the accident have not yet been determined,” police added. The victims have not yet been formally identified.

The accident comes after an unusually deadly winterseason in the Swiss Alps that saw multiple hikers killed in a series of avalanches. 

A glacial lake in Valais, Switzerland. Photo: Grindl1/Wikicommons