Nine killed in plane crash in northern Sweden

Nine people have died in Sweden after a plane taking them up on a parachute jump crashed into an island close to the northern city of Umeå.

Nine killed in plane crash in northern Sweden
A GippsAero GA8 Airvan photographed in Australia. Photo: YSSYguy/Wikimedia Commons
The plane took off from Umeå airport at just after 1.30pm on Sunday, and sent out an alarm at 2.12pm, shortly before it crashed, nose-first, into the ground. 
“We are already on the scene with a rescue team which is assisting the ambulance and we have opened a location, together with aid organizations, to give psychological and social care,” Conny Qvarfordt, from the local rescue services, told Sweden's TT newswire. 
“It's a parachute plane, and something seems to have happened just after take-off.” 
A helicopter from the rescue services flies over Storsandskär island after the accident. Photo: Samuel Pettersson/TT
The plane crashed onto Storsandskär island, just 2km from Umeå's airport, in the delta of the Umeå river.
Swedavia, operator of Umeå airport, said that the plane was a GippsAero GA8 Airvan.

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