Seaplane Crash Kills Six Near Sydney Harbor


A seaplane has crashed off the coast of New South Wales in Australia, leaving no survivors, police say.

A Sydney Seaplane spokesman confirmed one of their was aircraft involved in the devastating crash and said they were working with police.

At least six people have been killed after a "wine and dine" sightseeing seaplane crashed into a river in Sydney, police confirmed on Sunday.

Police divers are on scene and all six bodies have been recovered - five were passengers and the sixth was the pilot.

There are unconfirmed reports the tragic victims were British nationals and the Foreign Office said it is in contact with local authorities.

"Officials from the British consulate are in contact with local authorities in relation to a seaplane accident near Sydney", a spokeswoman for the British Foreign Office said.

The company, which has been operating for 80 years, provides flights above and around some of Sydney's most popular tourist sites including the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, Pittwater and the Hawkesbury River region.

"At around 3pm this afternoon, a DHC-2 Beaver Seaplane, VH-NOO, operated by Sydney Seaplanes was flying in the vicinity of Jerusalem Bay (near Cottage Point)", the bureau said.

Witness Myles Baptiste told Australia's Channel Nine news that he saw the plane flying towards him about 500 metres away when it hit the water.

"We have spoken to a number of witnesses", Police inspector Michael Gorman told reporters, adding that forensic police would inspect the plane to assess when it could be raised from the seabed. Celebrities to have taken scenic flights with them include Pippa Middleton, Ed Sheeran, Bill Gates, Jerry Seinfeld and Cuba Gooding Jr. "It's too early in the investigation so we don't know why the plane crashed".