Last of the Warbirds: The 2018 Ju-Air Junkers Ju 52 Crash

The wreckage of HB-HOT lies in a valley in the Swiss Alps after the crash. (USA Today)
Ju-Air’s fleet of Ju 52s, pictured before the accident. (Flying Magazine)
HB-HOT, the aircraft involved in the accident. (Aldo Bidini)
A map of the round trip flight, or at least that portion of it which was actually completed, as there was no precise pre-planned route. (STSB)
In this still from a video taken by a passenger inside the cockpit of HB-HOT, the plane can be seen passing through the Adula/Greina/Medels/Vals Sanctuary for Silence and Nature. (STSB)
An overview of the valley in which the accident occurred, with important features labeled. (Google)
This diagram from the STSB explains in more detail how updrafts and downdrafts affect an airplane’s angle of attack. (STSB)
In this still from a video taken seconds before the crash, the plane can be seen banking to the left. The arrow points to the Martinsloch. (STSB)
This video recorded by a witness captured the final half-second of the flight. (TeleBärn)
First responders, emergency crews, and investigators swarmed the scene following the crash. (USA Today)
Specialists at the BEA in France work to extract data from a mobile phone recovered from the wreckage of HB-HOT. (STSB)
Reconstruction by the STSB showing the flight that cleared a ridge by 5 meters. (STSB)
A helicopter works at the crash site shortly after the accident. (Reuters)
The wreckage of HB-HOT lies beneath the Segnas Pass. (USA Today)
Another view of the wreckage from a nearby mountainside. (NZZ)
In this photo by a member of the public, a Ju-Air Ju 52 can be seen nearly colliding with Gross Mythen in foggy conditions. (STSB)
This photo appears to have been taken from a distance very soon after the accident. If so, the absence of any visible bodies testifies to the violence of the impact. (Austrian Wings)
Investigators set up an encampment at the crash site on the day after the accident. (L’Essential)
A close up view of the remains HB-HOT. (FlightGlobal)
The aftermath of the crash of the B-17 Nine-O-Nine in 2019. (AP)
A pair of cairns now mark the site of the crash, in the shadow of the Martinsloch. (Berner Zeitung)




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Analyzer of plane crashes and author of upcoming book (eventually™). Contact me via @Admiral_Cloudberg on Reddit or by email at

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