Eight jumpers lost their lives in a plane crash in Jämijärvi, Finland yesterday (April 20th, 2014). A total of 11 people were onboard. Three people, one of them the pilot, were able to bail out and landed safely under their canopies, suffering minor injuries.
The aircraft, a Comp Air 8, is reported to have run into engine trouble during the climb and then lost altitude rapidly. Investigation to determine the cause is underway. The plane had been flying jumpers attending an Easter Boogie.
We send our deepest sympathies to friends and families of those lost, and to the skydiving community in Finland as a whole.