Five killed in maiden flight crash

China | 21 Jul 2016

An amphibious plane crashed into a highway bridge on the edge of the Shanghai yesterday, killing five people and injuring five more.

The plane, owned by Joy General Aviation, was taking off on a flight to neighboring Zhejiang province with 10 people on board including the crew, when it hit the bridge in Jinshan district shortly after midday, the Shanghai government said.

Photos posted online showed the plane with its nose on the bridge and its tail on the water.

Those on board included the pilot, co-pilot and eight passengers. Passengers included journalists reporting on the trial flight, the company's first using the aircraft, the Shanghai Daily newspaper said.

The operator bills itself as the first aviation company in China to widely use amphibious aircraft. It offers short flights for tourists to nearby islands as well as sightseeing tours and charters.

The plane was identified by local media as a Cessna 208B, a variation that uses floats in place of landing gear.

Textron Aviation, maker of Cessna aircraft, expressed condolences.

"Textron Aviation is aware there was an accident involving a Joy Air- operated Cessna Caravan that resulted in some fatalities today at Jinshan, Shanghai," it said in a statement. "We offer our sincere condolences to the families who lost a loved one; our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragic event."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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