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5 dead in private plane crash: Swiss police

The twin-engine plane crashed at an altitude of 9,800 feet (3,000 meters) in the Val d'Anniviers near the border with Italy, regional police spokesman Markus Rieder told Radio Rottu.

world Updated: Feb 13, 2011 10:54 IST

Five people have died in the crash of a private plane in southern Switzerland, Swiss police said on Friday. The twin-engine plane crashed at an altitude of 9,800 feet (3,000 meters) in the Val d'Anniviers near the border with Italy, regional police spokesman Markus Rieder told Radio Rottu.

Rescuers were struggling to reach the site of the crash, which happened early in the afternoon, he said.

Rieder said the identities of the victims hadn't been confirmed. Local newspaper Walliser Bote cited unidentified sources as saying the alarm was raised after the plane, traveling from Lausanne to Sion, disappeared from the radar and radio contact was lost.