A small plane carrying a group of paratroopers crashed this week in Sweden, killing all nine people on board, police said.
The single-engine plane, a DHC-2 Beaver, crashed near the runway and caught fire shortly after take off from Orebro airport on Thursday evening, police said.
“It’s a very serious accident. Everyone on the crashed plane died,” police said on their website.
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The plane was carrying the pilot and eight passengers, who were members of a local skydiving club, according to police and Orebro County Governor Maria Larsson.
No official cause for the crash has been determined, but officials said “something happened in the middle of the track.”
“The plane did not climb very high before descending to the left of the fugitive,” Peter Swaffer, head of department at the Swedish Accident Investigation Authority, told Aftonbladet daily.
Swedish Maritime Administration spokesman Carl-Johan Linde said the accident must have occurred “in connection” with the plane’s takeoff.
Deputy regional police chief Niclas Hallgren said on Friday he was informed of the accident shortly before 7:30 p.m. and quickly learned it was a “very serious incident”.
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Hallgren said investigating the crash would be “hard work” and “take its time.”
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said it was with “great sadness and dismay” that he learned of the accident.
“My thoughts are with the victims, their families and loved ones at this very difficult time,” he wrote on Twitter.
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