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One dead in air show plane crash

Published lördag 1 juni 2013 kl 16.57
Archive photo of an SK50 prop plane. Photo: Johan Nilsson / Scanpix

One person is reported by the police to have died in a plane crash Saturday, during the annual EAA Fly In air show, where about 500 people had gathered outside of Söderhamn. According to Swedish Radio News P4 Gävleborg, it was the pilot who died.

The plane was a small SK50.

"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.

The only person on the plane was the pilot.

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