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Nine killed when parachuting crashed in Sweden

A small plane with skydiver crashed outside the Swedish city of Orebro on Thursday night, killing all nine people on board, police said.

The victims included the pilot and eight passengers who were members of a local skydiving club, according to Orebro County Governor Maria Larsson.

Carl-Johan Linde, from the Swedish Maritime Administration, which supervises air traffic, said that the crash must have taken place “in connection” with the plane’s take-off, but the details were unclear.

The plane burst into flames after affecting what appeared to be an open field.

“There was no life to be saved,” said local fire chief Per-Ove Staberyd, who coordinated the work with firefighters and other first responders.

Police received notification of the crash shortly before noon. 19.30 local time and knew quickly that it was “a very serious incident,” said Deputy Police Register Niclas Hallgren on Friday.

He said it would be a difficult job to investigate the accident. It will take its time.

“Something happened in the middle of the runway. The plane did not rise very high until it went down to the left of the runaway,” Peter Swaffer, department head of the Swedish accident investigation authority, told the newspaper Aftonbladet.

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven wrote on Twitter that it was “with great sadness and dismay” that he heard about the crash and expressed his “deepest sympathy”.

Flags flew at the half-mast in Orebro, and the Prime Minister said during an impromptu press conference that Friday was “a day of mourning in Sweden.”

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