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Old 31st December 2017, 03:53 PM
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Default Seaplane Down In The Hawksberry River

A seaplane has come down in the Hawksberry River near Cowan.
A seach is under way for the aircraft which has a reported up to 6 people on board.

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http://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-...ed3712ccadfe22
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Old 31st December 2017, 04:42 PM
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ABC News

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-3...er-nsw/9295610
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Old 31st December 2017, 05:23 PM
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Looks like a Beaver, not a caravan going by the door wreckage.
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Old 31st December 2017, 06:17 PM
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Reportedly, a DHC-2 Beaver Seaplane, VH-NOO.

3 bodies recovered

Aircraft on bottom of river with wings dug into mud.

Waterborne crane on the way from Brooklyn to assist in the recovery of aircraft.
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Old 31st December 2017, 07:08 PM
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Terrible news with confirmation of 6 fatalities, R.I.P. 1963 aircraft suddenly going in during what I presume is VFR conditions could Have a number of obvious causes, time will tell.
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Old 31st December 2017, 08:24 PM
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From ATSB facebook

***UPDATED at 6.15pm***
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The ATSB is investigating the fatal collision with water involving a single-engine seaplane at Cowan Creek, Hawkesbury River, NSW this afternoon.
Preliminary facts and circumstances as they are believed to be as at 6.00pm on 31 December 2017:

At around 3.00pm this afternoon, a DHC-2 Beaver Seaplane, VH-NOO, operated by Sydney Seaplanes was flying in the vicinity of Jerusalem Bay (near Cottage Point).

It is understood that there was one pilot and five passengers on the aircraft on a return flight to Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour.

The sequence of events leading up to the accident are not yet understood, however following the impact with the water, the aircraft is reported to have sunk rapidly.

The ATSB's Executive Director Transport Safety Nat Nagy and a team of three Transport Safety investigators are travelling to the accident site and will commence their work to determine the causal factors surrounding this tragic accident once the NSW Police activities have concluded.

The ATSB encourages anyone who witnessed the accident to call 1800 020 616 and register their details.

The ATSB will aim to release a preliminary factual report in approximately 30 days.
A final report into the accident may take up to 12 months to complete. However, should a safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties.
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Old 1st January 2018, 06:19 AM
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From BBC news

Unconfirmed reports say the casualties included an 11-year-old boy, the pilot and four British nationals. The single-engine aircraft belonged to sightseeing flight company Sydney Seaplanes.

An eyewitness, Myles Baptiste, told the broadcaster 9News that the plane was 500m (1,640ft) from him when it hit the water.
"It made a tight right-hand turn and as it actually turned around, the wings dipped and it nosedived straight into the water," he said.
A woman at the scene told local TV the weather had been "a bit bumpy" but "nothing to be concerned about".
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Old 1st January 2018, 09:52 AM
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Hawkesbury River seaplane crash: Officials work to recover wreckage as investigation continues

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Transport safety investigators will this morning begin work to recover the wreckage of a seaplane that crashed into the Hawksbury River in New South Wales yesterday.

All five passengers and the pilot of the light aircraft died when it crashed into the waters of Jerusalem Bay near Cowan, north of Sydney, at 3:15pm.

Police said they were investigating whether the sea plane was attempting to make an emergency landing before the crash.

Witnesses said they saw the seaplane take a sharp turn and then nosedive into the bay, near where people were water-skiing and picnicking on the banks of the river.
British media is reporting that at least four of the victims are UK nationals and include an 11-year-old boy.

Authorities said they were still trying to make contact with the victims' families.

"Officials from the British Consulate are in contact with local authorities in relation to a seaplane accident near Sydney," a statement from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office said.

"We stand ready to provide consular assistance," it said.
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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-0...begins/9296128
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Old 1st January 2018, 12:50 PM
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The passengers and pilot, including the 11 year old girl, have been named.

A tragic loss to a family on holiday enjoying our beautiful country as well as the pilot.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-0...firmed/9296638

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Old 1st January 2018, 12:50 PM
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Updated:

Hawkesbury River seaplane: 11yo girl among six victims killed in New Year's Eve crash

A British family on holidays, including an 11-year-old girl, was killed when a seaplane on a New Year's Eve joyride crashed into the Hawkesbury River, police have confirmed.

Six people — five British passengers and the 44-year-old pilot Gareth Morgan — lost their lives when the aircraft, operated by the Sydney Seaplanes charter company, crashed into the river near the town of Cowan, north of Sydney.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-0...firmed/9296638
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