A small plane with a group of paratroopers crashed this week in Sweden, killing all nine people on board, police said.
The single-engine aircraft, a DHC-2 Beaver, crashed close to the runway and burst into flames shortly after takeoff at Orebro airport on Thursday night, police said.
“It is a very serious accident. Everyone on board the crashed plane is dead,” police said on their side.
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The plane had transported the pilot and eight passengers who were members of a local parachuting club, according to police and Orebro County Governor Maria Larsson.
No official cause of the crash has been determined, but officials said “something happened in the middle of the runway.”
“The plane did not rise very high before it went down to the left of the runaway,” said Peter Swaffer, head of department at the Swedish accident investigation authority, to the newspaper Aftonbladet.
The Swedish Maritime Administration’s spokesman Carl-Johan Linde said that the crash must have taken place “in connection” with the start of the plane.
Deputy Regional Police Chief Niclas Hallgren said on Friday that they were notified of the crash shortly before noon. 19.30 and quickly knew it was a “very serious incident.”
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Hallgren said investigating the crash would be “a difficult job” and “will take its time.”
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said it was with “great sadness and dismay” that he learned about the accident.
“My thoughts are with the victims, their families and loved ones in this very difficult time,” he wrote on Twitter.
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