Nine Killed as Plane Carrying Parachute Jumpers Crashes in Sweden

July 15, 2019

Stockholm (dpa) - A small plane has crashed in northern Sweden, killing all nine people on board, a spokesperson for the Vasterbotten region confirmed to dpa on Sunday.

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, which first reported the accident, said the passengers included parachute jumpers.

Indications are that the accident took place shortly after takeoff at an airport in the city of Umea, according to local police. The plane crashed on Storsandskar island, about two kilometres south of the airport.

The cause of the crash was not yet known. The accident region was sealed off by police.

The newspaper published a video from a witness showing the plane's nose hitting the ground at high velocity. The witness told the paper he heard a loud boom after the crash, after which everything went quiet.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven sent his condolences in a statement and said his thoughts were with the victims and their loved ones at this difficult time.

Umea is a city of around 80,000 people, about 500 kilometres north of Stockholm in the province of Vasterbotten.


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