9 people killed in Swedish parachute plane crash


The victims of the crash in south-central Sweden were members of a local skydiving club.

Police said a small plane carrying skydivers crashed outside the Swedish city of Orebro on Thursday night, killing all nine people on board.

Police said the dead included the pilot and eight passengers.

According to Orebro County Mayor Maria Larsson, the victim was a member of a local skydiving club.

The spokesperson for the Swedish Maritime Administration, which is responsible for overseeing air traffic, told the broadcaster SVT that the crash must be “related” to the takeoff of the plane.

The plane caught fire when it hit a seemingly open field.

“There is no life to save,” said Per-Ove Staberyd, the local fire chief who coordinates the work of firefighters and other first responders.

The police received news of the crash shortly before 7:30 pm local time (17:30 GMT), and soon learned that it was a “very serious incident”. Nicholas Harger, Deputy Chief of the District Police Lun said on Friday.

He said that investigating the accident would be “a arduous task.” “It takes time,” Holgren added.

The official declined to provide detailed information about the victim or speculate on the circumstances that led to the crash. The Swedish Accident Investigation Agency immediately dispatched a team to the crash site on the outskirts of Orebro, 164 kilometers (102 miles) west of Stockholm.

The Dagens Nyheter newspaper identified the aircraft as a single-engine, propeller-driven De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver.

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven wrote on Twitter that he heard about the crash as “very sad and depressed” and expressed “deepest sympathy.”

At half-mast in Örebro, the prime minister said in an interim press conference that Friday was “Sweden’s day of mourning.”





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