There were no survivors in the crash on Thursday night. /TT News Agency via Reuters
Eight skydivers and their pilot have been killed in a private plane crash in Sweden.
The plane reportedly crashed soon after take-off in Orebro, 160 km northwest of Stockholm. The DHC-2 Turbo Beaver craft burst into flames. Its burned out wreckage was seen in photographs of the scene.
"It's a very severe accident," Swedish police said via a statement. "Everyone onboard the crashed plane has died," it confirmed.
They have not been named.
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"My thoughts are with the victims, their families and loved ones in this very difficult time," Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said.
The planned skydive was part of a full week of events by a local club, according to the Swedish Skydiving Association.
"Normally, most skydiving is done on the weekends, but now they had rented a plane to jump more intensely during the whole week," Anna Oscarsson told SVT.
"As far as we know, [the crash] is linked to its take-off," an official told AFP.
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