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.