BREAKING: Seaplane Crashes Into Bridge in Shanghai, 5 Dead

BREAKING: Seaplane Crashes Into Bridge in Shanghai, 5 Dead

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Ten people were on board the nine-seater seaplane, which crashed 10 minutes after takeoff.

A propeller seaplane crashed into a bridge on the Shanghai-Hangzhou Expressway around noon on July 20 soon after takeoff, killing five.

The Cessna 208B, a nine-seat seaplane from the Zhoushan Archipelago-based Joy General Aviation, took off from the Jinshan City Beach on a trial flight at 12:05 pm. It crashed into the No. 7835 Bridge along the Shanghai-Hangzhou Expressway at 12:15 pm, the Shanghai Daily reports.

A total of 10 people were on board the plane — eight passengers plus the captain and deputy pilot. A cameraman and journalist from Shanghai TV were among them and were reporting on the new shuttle route linking Zhoushan and Jinshan District.

The Chinese-language Apple Daily reports that five of the occupants were killed in the crash. The pilot and four passengers were sent to the Jinshan Hospital after being rescued from Hangzhou Bay.

Investigators are currently trying to determine the cause of the accident.

First Editor: Olivia Yang
Second Editor: Edward White