3 Jump to Safety Before Plane Crash Kills 8

Crash is Finland's worst air disaster in decades

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 21, 2014 2:34 AM CDT

(Newser) – Three people, including the pilot, managed to jump to safety using parachutes when a plane carrying skydivers experienced trouble over western Finland; another eight were killed when the aircraft crashed and caught fire, the BBC reports. Witnesses saw the three jump from the American-made Comp Air 8 light utility aircraft before it came down at a steep angle, the Wall Street Journal reports. Investigators probing the country's worst plane accident in decades say they are looking into reports that some parts fell off the plane during the final moments of flight.

A helicopter flies over the area near the Jamijarvi Airfield, southwest Finland, where a small passenger plane carrying skydivers fell to the ground yesterday.
A helicopter flies over the area near the Jamijarvi Airfield, southwest Finland, where a small passenger plane carrying skydivers fell to the ground yesterday.   (AP Photo/Mika Kenerva, Lehtikuva)
A helicopter and an ambulance are seen at the Jamijarvi Airfield, southwest Finland.
A helicopter and an ambulance are seen at the Jamijarvi Airfield, southwest Finland.   (AP Photo/Mika Kanerva, Lehtikuva)
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