Published: Mon, January 01, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

6 dead in Sydney seaplane crash

6 dead in Sydney seaplane crash

"For reasons that are not known at this stage, the plane has hit the water and it has subsequently sunk", he said during a press conference at Apple Tree Bay.

Eyewitness Myles Baptiste told Australian broadcaster 9News: "It made a tight right-hand turn and as it actually turned around, the wings dipped and it nosedived straight into the water".

The identities of those killed have not yet been confirmed.

Sydney Seaplanes offers scenic flights over local tourist attractions and waterways including the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Pittwater, as well as the Hawkesbury River region.

It is thought the flight that crashed was a "wine and dine" trip and the passengers had been for a meal at a waterfront restaurant at Cottage Point.

A spokeswoman said: "Officials from the British consulate are in contact with local authorities in relation to a sea plane accident near Sydney".

"Today there was a tragic accident involving one of Sydney Seaplanes aircraft in the Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney".

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New South Wales Police Force said divers had recovered six bodies from the scene and an investigation was under way to identify the victims and determine the cause of the crash.

"Police will work with Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigators as inquiries into the crash continue".

Police say the aircraft will be looked at by forensic experts to assess when it can be raised from the seabed.

"There were a number of boats in the area when the plane crashed".

The crash happened hours before the city's world famous New Year's Eve celebrations.

Sydney Seaplanes confirmed that an incident had occurred with a plane believed to belong to the company. Several visiting celebrities have flown on the company's sightseeing planes, including pop stars Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, tech mogul Bill Gates, comedian Jerry Seinfeld and actor Cuba Gooding Jnr.

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