LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Three Swiss men and one woman who were killed Friday evening in a small plane crash in France, near the border with Switzerland, are being identified by DNA, say French police. The Pilatus PC-12 belonged to Air Sarina and was heading from Belgium to Saanen, near Gstaad, where the plane was based, when it sent out a distress signal.
The cause of the crash is not yet known but the plane may have been hit during an electric storm that was in the region at the time. The passengers and pilot could not be identified for legal purposes immediately so no details are being released, but RTS reports that the men were aged 57, 51, and 36 and the woman was 20 years old.
The crash occurred near Solemont, in the Doubs. Rescue workers arrived on the scene 40 minutes after the distress call was received.