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Several’ dead as plane crashes near airport in Sweden

Several’ people are dead after a plane crashed near an airport in Sweden.

The aircraft, which carried eight parachutists and a pilot, crashed at Orebro Airport at around 7.20pm on Thursday, local reports say.

A fire broke out at the scene after it came down around 100 metres away from an airstrip.

Emergency services, including ten ambulances, raced to the scene and the blaze has now been extinguished.

One person has been rushed to hospital with serious injuries, Swedish newspaper Goteborgs-Posten reports.

Swedish police said on their website. ‘It’s a very severe accident. Several people have died.’

Police spokesman Lars Hedelin added that the force was ‘calling in all the staff we can get our hands on’.

The Sea and Air Rescue Centre has confirmed the aircraft was a skydiving plane.

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A fire broke out when the aircraft came down
A small aircraft is seen after crashing at Orebro Airport, Orebro, Sweden, July 8 2021. TT News Agency/Jeppe Gustafsson via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. SWEDEN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SWEDEN.
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The tragedy comes days after 28 people died when a plane crashed while trying to land in Russia’s far east.

The An-26 twin-engined propellor aircraft was en route from the regional capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the village of Palana, in the remote Kamchatka peninsula, when it lost contact with air traffic control.

It’s thought the aircraft crashed into a sea cliff as it was preparing to land, amid conditions of poor visibility.

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