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paragliders and ultralights

Two deaths and injuries in weekend air crashes

Published måndag 13 augusti 2012 kl 09.57
The crash scene in Kisa. Photo: Pelles Photo/Sonja Höglund

The weekend saw four accidents involving small aircraft or paragliders, with two deaths and several serious injuries.

On Saturday an ultralight plane came down in the Baltic near Nynäshamn. The plane sank but the pilot was unhurt. Eleven minutes later a seaplane carrying a German couple crashed in a lake near Nybro in Småland, in southern Sweden.

Later that evening a 41 year old man died when his paraglider crashed in Boden, in the far north. And Sunday evening saw two paraglider crashing as they flew into a hangar in Kisa in Östergötland, with one pilot dying and the other seriously injured.

Katarina Leijonberg of the air search and rescue service in Gothenburg tells the TT news agency that while there might have been more accidents than usual over the past few days, the number has remained at around the same level over time.

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