Plane crashes in Switzerland, two on board killed

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Two people were killed Sunday when their small plane arriving from Croatia crashed and caught fire while coming in to land near Switzerland's chic St Moritz ski resort, police said.

"The two people on board have died," Grisons canton police spokesman Sandro Pensa told AFP.

The Premiere 1 plane had flown in from Zagreb and had difficulty in landing at Samedan airport, he said, adding that the cause of the accident was being investigated.

In a statement, police said the plane dropped from the sky as it was preparing for a second attempt to land after failing the first time.

As it fell, it cut through three electric cables and then crashed close to an electricity transformer station near the village of Bever, bursting into flames.

Police had said earlier the aircraft crashed into the station itself.

The accident caused power outages to several nearby villages.

The weather had not been particularly bad at the time of the crash, although there were some snowfalls, the spokesman said.

Samedan is Europe's highest airport, at an altitude of 1,707 metres (just over 5,600 feet), and is often used by people going to St Moritz. In February 2009 two private planes crashed while trying to land at the same airport.

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