Prime Minister Stefan Lofven wrote on Twitter that Friday was “a day of mourning in Sweden” after a small plane carrying skydivers crashed outside the Swedish city of Orebro, killing all nine people on board. Even Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf offered his condolences to the victims’ relatives, adding that he and the royal family “regret their heavy loss.” The crash must have occurred “in connection” with the plane’s takeoff, when it burst into flames upon impact on what appeared to be an open field. The Swedish Accident Investigation Authority immediately dispatched a team to the crash site outside Orebro, which is located 64 kilometers (102 miles) west of Stockholm. The plane was identified as a single-engine, propeller-driven De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver. The victims were members of a local skydiving club. Flags flew at half mast in Orebro. Details about the victims where not provided.
In a similar incident two years ago, a parachuting plane crashed near the city of Umea in northern Sweden, killing nine people on board. Orebro operates skydiving courses from May to October through a collaboration with Örebro parachute club which was founded in 1976 . Skydiving is arranged from Orebro Airport, Sweden’s fourth-largest cargo airport, which specializes in charter flights. A tandem skydive is the most common method of making a first-time jump. The participant is attached to a rated, experienced tandem master. The price of a basic tandem skydive runs between $99-$250.