Nine people have been confirmed dead, after a plane crashed into an island close to the northern city of Umeå, Sweden. authorities have said
The small plane designed to carry parachutists crashed on an island on the Ume river shortly after taking off, police spokesman Peder Jonsson said, adding the cause for the incident was unknown.
The region’s main University Hospital of Umea confirmed there were no survivors and relatives of the deceased had been notified.
Neither Jonsson nor the hospital immediately identified the victims’ names or nationalities.
The police said that all the victims were Swedish, with one person holding dual citizenship. The names of the victims were not been disclosed.
Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said the government was in close contact with the relevant authorities as they investigate the cause of the crash.
The plane was a GippsAero GA8 Airvan – a small aircraft popular with skydiving operations that is designed to carry eight people including the pilot.