Nine killed in plane crash in northern Sweden

Nine killed in plane crash in northern Sweden
A GippsAero GA8 Airvan photographed in Australia. Photo: YSSYguy/Wikimedia Commons
Nine people have died in Sweden after a plane taking them up on a parachute jump crashed into an island close to the northern city of Umeå.
The plane took off from Umeå airport at just after 1.30pm on Sunday, and sent out an alarm at 2.12pm, shortly before it crashed, nose-first, into the ground. 
 
“We are already on the scene with a rescue team which is assisting the ambulance and we have opened a location, together with aid organizations, to give psychological and social care,” Conny Qvarfordt, from the local rescue services, told Sweden's TT newswire. 
 
“It's a parachute plane, and something seems to have happened just after take-off.” 
 
 
A helicopter from the rescue services flies over Storsandskär island after the accident. Photo: Samuel Pettersson/TT
 
The plane crashed onto Storsandskär island, just 2km from Umeå's airport, in the delta of the Umeå river.
 
 
Swedavia, operator of Umeå airport, said that the plane was a GippsAero GA8 Airvan.
 

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