Skydivers Killed in Belgian Plane Crash

  • Oct 19, 2013 4:39pm GMT

Ten Skydivers and a pilot were killed in the crash of a Pilatus PC-6 on Saturday in the rural community of Namur, Belgium.

Witnesses report seeing a wing separate from the aircraft prior to the accident.

Emergency teams arrived at the crash site, about 43 miles south of Brussels, to find all eleven people on board dead. It has been reported by emergency officials that three jumpers' parachutes were found opened, indicating that they had tried to save themselves.

First responders were joined later by Belgium's King Philippe, Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo and Interior Minister Joelle Milquet, the city of Namur said in a statement.

An investigation being conducted by the Namur prosecutor's office is underway to determine why the plane went down, according to the city.

Photo courtesy BBC.