Passion Fruit’s: Age 27 | Cause Of Death: AIRPLANE CRASH/ HELICOPTER

Maria Serrano-Serrano, and Nathaly van het Ende: Age 27

(November 24, 2001)

Plane crash kills 24 in Switzerland — By ERNST E. ABEGG – Associated Press Writer
ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) – Workers combing through a muddy wood found the flight recorders from a Swiss airliner that crashed near Zurich, killing at least 10 people and leaving 14 others missing and feared dead, officials said Sunday. Nine people survived, two in critical condition…Three women from a German dance-music group, Passion Fruit, were also on board and at least one was believed to have survived, Scheding said. [A pop-music trio called Passion Fruit – two Dutch women and a German woman of Spanish origin, all 27 – was also on the plane. Maria Serrano-Serrano and Nathaly van het Ende were killed, but Debby St. Marteen survived, said the band’s manager, Georg Bergheim.] The plane crashed as it approached a nighttime landing strip…The runway is considered more difficult to approach than two others used previously, and the agreement with Germany allowed the use of those two runways in bad weather. Officials said the pilot did not request permission to switch runways. Rain mixed with snow was falling and visibility was poor when the Jumbolino went down just after 10 p.m. Airport officials said communication was normal until the plane suddenly disappeared from radar. The nine survivors walked from the wreckage and were met by rescue workers, said Zurich airport’s chief medical officer, Remo Reichlin. Guenther said four were “well, considering the circumstances,” three were in stable condition and two in critical condition.
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