Sweden : 9 dead as a small plane carrying skydivers crashes

Sweden : 9 dead as a small plane carrying skydivers crashes

Sweden : 9 dead as a small plane carrying skydivers crashes

All nine people have died onboard an airplane carrying skydivers that crashed in Sweden, police say. The plane was carrying eight skydivers and a pilot when it crashed close to the runway at Orebro airport, about 160km (100 miles) west of Stockholm, on Thursday. The crash is thought to have happened as the plane was taking off.

“It’s a very severe accident,” Swedish police said on their website. “Everyone on board the crashed plane has died.” Prime Minister Stefan Lofven offered his condolences. It crashed close to the runway and caught fire on impact, they added, but the cause of the incident is not yet clear.

According to local media, the plane was a DHC-2 Beaver, which the local skydiving club had rented to use for a summer event. “Normally, most skydiving is done on the weekends, but now they had rented a plane to jump more intensely during the whole week,” Anna Oscarsson, head of communications for the Swedish Skydiving Association said.

In a similar accident, nine people died in northern Sweden in 2019 when a plane carrying skydivers crashed shortly after takeoff. The crash investigation showed the plane had been improperly loaded. 

Orebro is the sixth-largest city in Sweden with around 124,000 people and the capital of Orebro County. It attracts 700,000 visitors per year, mainly in the summer months. It operates skydiving courses from May to October through a collaboration with Örebro parachute club which was founded in 1976 .