An Australian-made single-engine plane -GippsAero GA8 Airvan- popular with parachutists, crashed in Sweden with 9 passengers on board in Northern Sweden, on Sunday. The plane crashed on an island on Umea River, not long after take-off. “I can confirm that all those aboard the plane have died,” said Vasterbotten municipality spokeswoman Gabriella Bandling.
The people on board were going on a skydiving trip. The media has quoted reports from the locals that some passengers were seen, trying to jump off the plane before the crash. One witness told Swedish broadcaster SVT that she heard a loud noise from above before she saw the plane going straight down and crashing on the ground. There is also footage present of the plane descending uncontrollably. The cause of the accident is still unknown but is currently being investigated. The Swedish Prime minister offered his condolences to the families of the victims and said that “it is important to investigate the cause”.
The Swedish police claims that all the passengers were Swedish but none of their names have been disclosed yet. The plane took off from Umea airport just after 1.30pm on Sunday, and sent out an alarm at 2.12pm, after which it crashed. The families of the victims and residents of Umea close to the sight of the crash are being looked after by rescue teams who are giving “psychological and social care” to the people, says Conny Qvarfordt from the local rescue services.