COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Police in Sweden says nine people were killed when a small plane carrying skydivers crashed.
Police said on Friday that the victims include the pilot and all eight passengers who are said to be members of a local skydiving club.
The plane burst into flames upon impact Thursday evening and a local fire chief said “there were no lives to save.”
A spokesperson for the agency that oversees Swedish air traffic told broadcaster SVT the crash must have occurred “in connection” with the plane’s takeoff.
The Swedish Accident Investigation Authority dispatched a team to the crash site outside the city of Orebro to establish why the plane went down.
The Dagens Nyheter newspaper identified the plane as a single-engine, propeller-driven De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver.