Nine Skydivers Killed In Sweden Plane Crash

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Nine people has lost their lives on Sunday after a plane crashed in northern city of Umea, Sweden.

According to Local media, the plane which was carrying people for a parachute jump, left Umea airport shortly after 1.30pm and sounded an alarm at 2.12pm, before crashing

The GippsAero GA8 Airvan, a single engine plane popular with skydivers, crashed shortly after 14:00 (12:00 GMT), having left Umea airport.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. Swedish media quoted witnesses as saying some of the parachutists were seen trying to jump off the plane just before it crashed.

“I heard a weird sound, which didn’t sound normal. I looked up and saw a plane spinning like a top,” witness Peter Larsson told the daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

“At first, I thought it was an acrobatic flight, but we quickly realised that something was wrong,” he said.

Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf expressed his condolences in a statement published on Facebook.

He said: “In view of today’s tragic air crash outside Umea, which took nine people’s lives, I want to convey my condolences.”

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