Plane crashes in southern Sweden

A small single-engine sport aircraft crashed on Sunday when it came in to land at Höganäs airport in southern Sweden, with the pilot miraculously escaping unhurt.

The pilot was alone in the aircraft, which was severely damaged in the accident.

It is believed the crash was caused when the nose wheel gave way and the plane’s propeller probably hit the ground, according to Christer Ekeroth at the Air Rescue (Flygräddningen).

A police unit was dispatched to the scene and the Swedish Accident Investigation Board (Statens haverikommission – SHK) has been notified.

According to rescue service SOS Alarm, the aircraft was thought to be leaking fuel into the grass after the crash. Police meanwhile informed that the leak was considered to be more limited.

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Man dies in northern Sweden plane crash

A man is reported to have been killed after a light aircraft crashed into a lake near Skellefteå in northern Sweden on Saturday, according to a report in the local Norran daily.

A woman travelling on the plane is reported to have suffered only minor injuries.

Police received a call at around 7.30am on Saturday morning that a plane had crashed on lake Lill-blåbergsträsket west of Skellefteå in Västerbotten.

“A couple of elk hunters heard a strange sound, a metallic noise, then it went quiet. They went down to the lake and found the crashed plane,” said Christer Haglund at the Swedish Maritime Administration’s air sea rescue centre.

The man and women, both reported to be in their thirties are reported to have been the only people in the plane at the time of the crash.

The aircraft, a light sea plane, is reported to have landed upside down in the lake, but has been turned.

The woman managed to get out of the plane by herself and is reported to have survived without any significant injuries.

The accident is reported to have happened shortly after take off.

The emergency services are reported to be working hard to minimise the fuel emissions into the lake.

Due to the type of plane, the crash will be investigated by the police and not the Swedish Accident Investigation Authority.