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Propeller plane crashes during air show

Updated lördag 1 juni 2013 kl 16.02
Published lördag 1 juni 2013 kl 15.05
An archive picture of two SK50 planes. Photo: Johan Nilsson / SCANPIX

A small SK 50 airplane crashed Saturday, during the annual EAA Fly In air show where about 500 people had gathered outside of Söderhamn.

"The plane had started as usual, but just after the start, the pilot reported a problem with the engine and asked to land immediately. On the way to the landing strip, it bowed and tumbled straight down from a height of 50 meters," Johan Beischer, who works for the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Gothenburg, tells Swedish Radio P4 Gävleborg.

Per Andersson, who works with the rescue services in Söderhamn, says that the crash immediately started a small fire in the wooded area where the plane landed a few hundred meters from the runway.

As of mid-afternoon, Nilsson had no information about how the pilot, who was alone on the plane, had fared.

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