c The Associated Press
BERN, Switzerland (AP) - A Swiss-owned plane with 41 people aboard crashed in Libya today, officials said, adding there were reports of fatalities.
The plane, which belongs to the Avisto AG charter company, went down at 2:30 p.m. It was not immediately clear where the crash occurred.
An official of the Swiss Transportation Ministry said it had received unconfirmed reports that 15 people were killed.
The nationalities of the passengers was not immediately known, but the Swiss Foreign Ministry said it understood there were no Swiss among the victims.
A spokeswoman for the Swiss air accident investigation bureau, which confirmed the crash, said it would send an expert to Libya on Friday to investigate.
Air traffic officials said they had identified the plane as belonging to Avisto.
On Monday, a twin-engine airplane belonging to the Swiss regional airline Crossair crashed in a field shortly after leaving Zurich's main airport en route to Dresden, Germany, killing all 10 people aboard.