Home > Nation
Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 20:48

At least 5 killed in Shanghai seaplane crash

By Xinhua

At least 5 killed in Shanghai seaplane crash
A seaplane crashes into a bridge during a test flight in Shanghai's Jinshan District on July 20, 2016. ( Photo/The Paper)

SHANGHAI - Five people were killed when an amphibian plane hit a bridge in Shanghai on Wednesday, a local hospital said.

The nine-seat Cessna 208B propeller seaplane, operated by Joy General Aviation in the neighboring Zhoushan Archipelago, crashed into the No.7835 Bridge along the Shanghai-Hangzhou Expressway at 12:15 pm, 10 minutes after it took off from the Jinshan City Beach for its trial flight.

Eight passengers, including a Shanghai Television reporter and cameraman who was covering the new flight, along with the captain and deputy pilot, were onboard.  All of them were sent to the Jinshan Hospital after being salvaged.

At least 5 killed in Shanghai seaplane crash
Rescuers try to help passengers out of the seaplane after it crashed into a bridge in Jinshan District, Shanghai. ( Photo/IC)

The captain is 63 years old with over 40 years of flying experience. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

The seaplane, which cost about 30 million ($4.48 million) yuan, was scheduled to operate a new shuttle flight route between Zhoushan, Zhejiang province and the Shanghai's Jinshan District.

It is the first amphibian plane operator approved to carry passengers in east China. Its business scope includes medical rescue, aviation exploration, air tours, private and commercial pilot training, aviation photography, air advertising and charter flights.

Latest News