Thursday 23 October 2014

Eight die in parachute plane crash

Published 20/04/2014 | 20:42

A parachute hangs from a tree close to the wreckage of experimental aircraft Comp Air 8 next to Jamijarvi Airfield, southwest Finland
A parachute hangs from a tree close to the wreckage of experimental aircraft Comp Air 8 next to Jamijarvi Airfield, southwest Finland
Wreckage of an aircraft covers the ground next to Jamijarvi Airfield, southwest Finland
Wreckage of an aircraft covers the ground next to Jamijarvi Airfield, southwest Finland
A parachute hangs from tree close to the wreckage of an aircraft next to Jamijarvi Airfield in Finland (AP)

Eight people died when a small plane carrying parachutists crashed to the ground and caught fire in Finland.

Detective Superintendent. Petri Kangas said three people survived the accident after they parachuted from the aircraft above Jamijarvi airfield, about 45 miles east of the south western town of Pori.

Mr Kangas said investigators did not know the cause of the accident but that "apparently some parts fell off the plane before it crashed".

Police said the eight victims were found in the badly burned aircraft, a Comp Air 8 kit aircraft, popular among parachutists.

Police said all 11 people on board were accounted for and that the three survivors were being treated for minor injuries.

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