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Nine people dead in Swedish airplane crash

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Nine people have died in a plane crash in Sweden

Nine people have died in a plane crash in Sweden (Picture: SVT/Axel Pettersson/Aftonbladet)

A small aircraft carrying parachutists has crashed into a Swedish island, killing all nine people on board.

The accident happened just after 2pm local time off Storsandskar, an island near the airport of Umea, a town in northern Sweden.

Region Vasterbotten municipality spokeswoman Gabriella Bandling said: I can confirm that all those aboard the plane have died.

Rescue worker Conny Qvarfordt told Swedish news agency TT that the plane carried parachutists and that it seems that something has happened straight after the takeoff.

Local media has reported that some of the parachutists were seen trying to jump off the plane just before the crash.

Nine dead in Sweden plane crash Videograb from Axel Pettersson/Aftonbladet https://www.aftonbladet.se/tv/a/291399/vittnet-axel-det-var-overkligt

Local media has reported that some of the parachutists were seen trying to jump off the plane just before the crash (Picture: Axel Pettersson/Aftonbladet)

Nine dead in Sweden plane crash

Some of the wreckage is pictured at the scene (Picture: SVT)

Emergency services attend the accident site at a small harbor at Ume river, outside Umea, Sweden, Sunday July 14, 2019. Swedish officials say a small plane carrying parachutists crashed in northern Sweden and all nine of the people on board were killed. (Samuel Pettersson/TT via AP)

Emergency services are seen at the scene of the crime (Picture: AP)

Axel Pettersson, 16, told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet he heard the plane make high pitched sounds which he had not heard from a plane before.

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He began to film the small aircraft and captured the plane plummeting back to the ground.

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