31 Dec '17, 8am

Six dead after #Sydney seaplane crashes into river

SYDNEY (REUTERS) – A seaplane crashed into a Sydney river on Sunday (Dec 31), killing six people on a “wine and dine” sightseeing flight ahead of the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations at the harbour. Police said they did not know the cause of the crash, nor the identities of the five passengers, but were speaking with several witnesses who were in boats on one of the waterways’ busiest days of the year. The pilot was the sixth victim. Several Australian media reported that four of the victims were British nationals, although that was not immediately confirmed by police. In London, the Foreign Office said its officials were in contact with local authorities in Sydney. “We stand ready to provide consular assistance,” a Foreign Office spokesman said. The aircraft was operated by Sydney Seaplanes, a major tourism operator in the city. Several visiting celebrities have flown o...

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