Finland plane crash kills eight skydivers

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A plane carrying skydivers crashed to the ground and caught fire killing eight people in Finland on Sunday.

Det Dupt Petri Kangas said three people survived the accident after they parachuted from the aircraft above the Jamijarvi airfield, a popular spot with amateur skydivers, about 45 miles east of the southwestern town of Pori.

According to the Guardian, Kangas said the eight victims were found in the badly burned aircraft, a Comp Air 8 kit, while the three survivors were being treated for minor injuries.

Sky News reports that the aircraft is thought to have been travelling a relatively high altitude of more than 10,000 ft before plunging to the ground.

The cause of the accident is unknown, but police said witnesses saw "three parachutes detach from the plane which then came down in a steep angle".

Other eyewitness reports added that "some objects or aircraft parts" fell off the plane before it crashed.

The Daily Mail reports that the three survivors included the pilot.

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