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Several Dead as Small Plane Crashes During Take-off in Sweden

Emergency services at the scene of small aircraft crash, at Orebro Airport in Sweden. (AP)

Emergency services at the scene of small aircraft crash, at Orebro Airport in Sweden. (AP)

A small propeller plane crashed near Orebro airport, about 160 kilometres (100 miles) west of Stockholm, according to an alert received by Sweden's Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC).

Several people have died after a small aircraft used for skydiving with nine people on board crashed near an airport outside Orebro in Sweden on Thursday, police and rescue services said.

A small propeller plane crashed near Orebro airport, about 160 kilometres (100 miles) west of Stockholm, according to an alert received by Sweden’s Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC).

They located the aircraft alongside one of the runways, Carl-Johan Linde, spokesman for the Swedish Maritime Authority which oversees the JRCC, told AFP.

As far as they could tell, the accident happened as the plane was taking off, he added. Nine people were reported to be on board: eight skydivers and the pilot.

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Lars Hedelin, spokesman for the Bergslagen region police referred to “multiple" deaths. While he would not give a specific figure, he did say that one person had been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

In 2019, nine people were killed when a plane carrying skydivers crashed outside the city of Umea, northeast Sweden.

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first published:July 09, 2021, 08:11 IST