Finland Plane Crash Kills 8 Parachutists; 3 Bail Out Safely

Monday, 21 Apr 2014 08:13 AM

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

Det. Supt. Petri Kangas said three people survived the accident after they parachuted from the aircraft above Jamijarvi airfield, about 45 miles east of the southwestern town of Pori.

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Kangas said investigators didn't 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, according to The Associated Press.

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

Earlier this month, a German skydiver who was among 222 people trying to set a world record with a group-formation jump was killed in the Arizona desert when her main parachute malfunctioned.

The skydiver, identified by police as 46-year-old Diana Paris of Berlin, was taking part in a first attempt to set the record on Thursday morning when the mishap occurred, organizers said. She was declared dead on the scene.

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