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Hard probe of skydiver deaths

An investigation into a small-plane crash that killed eight skydivers in Finland could take weeks or longer to complete because the charred remains of the aircraft are scattered over a large area of forest, authorities said Monday.

Two jumpers and the pilot aboard the Comp Air 8 kit aircraft managed to parachute to safety in Sunday's crash, the head of the investigation, Ismo Aaltonen, said Monday. The three men were hospitalized with minor injuries.

Finnish MTV 3 television news reported that one of the survivors told investigators that something had "gone wrong" during the flight, but no details were given. The victims, six men and two women aged 23 to 43, were all experienced parachutists, Aaltonen said. - AP