A sports plane crashed on Sunday in a river near the university town of Umea in the northern Swedish province of Vasterbotten, killing all nine people on board, including the pilot.
The plane was a GippsAero GA8 Airvan, an eight-seater single-engine plane similar to a Cessna. The cause is not yet known.The accident occurred shortly after take-off at an airport in Umea and crashed on Storsandskar island, about 2km south of the airport. Local police have said that parts of the plane detached during the crash, including one of the wings.This was the worst plane accident in the history in Sweden. It’s known that all eight of the passengers were parachute jumpers. All nine victims held Swedish citizenship and lived in the local area.Umea is a city of around 80,000 people, about 500km north of Stockholm.
Plane crash scene in Sweden
There is no flight data recorder on small aircraft. The National Air Accident Investigation Board are currently examining the victims' smartphones to look for relevant altitude and position data. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven issued a written statement soon after the incident. "I think of the dead and their relatives in this difficult time. The government is in close contact with the relevant authorities and it is now important to investigate the cause,” he said.