‘Multiple’ deaths after skydiving plane crashes in central Sweden

Several people have died after a skydiving aircraft carrying nine people crashed outside Örebro in central Sweden.

'Multiple' deaths after skydiving plane crashes in central Sweden
The aircraft was carrying nine people. Photo: Jeppe Gustafsson/TT

UPDATED: Nine dead after skydiving plane crash in central Sweden

A small propeller plane crashed near Örebro airport, about 160 kilometres west of Stockholm, according to an alert received by Sweden’s Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC)

They located the aircraft alongside one of the runways, Carl-Johan Linde, spokesman for the Swedish Maritime Authority which oversees the JRCC, told AFP.

As far as they could tell, the accident happened as the plane was taking off, he added. Nine people were reported to be on board: eight skydivers and the pilot.

Lars Hedelin, spokesman for the Bergslagen region police referred to “multiple” deaths. While he would not give a specific figure, he did say that one person had been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

In 2019, nine people were killed when a plane carrying skydivers crashed outside the city of Umeå, northeast Sweden.

Photo: Jeppe Gustafsson/TT

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