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Six people killed after seaplane crashes into Hawkesbury River

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NSW Police have confirmed six people have died after a seaplane crashed into Jerusalem Bay near the town of Cowan, north of Sydney.

Key points:

  • One pilot and five passengers were on board the seaplane
  • Parts of the wreckage have been found
  • Plane was returning group from Cottage Point restaurant to Rose Bay

Police say the plane went down about 3:15pm today (local time) at Jerusalem Bay near the town of Cowan.

The seaplane was returning a party of five people from the Cottage Point Inn Restaurant to Rose Bay in Sydney's east when it crashed into the water.

Debris and an oil slick have been found on the surface where the plane went down.

Numerous rescue vessels, including NSW Police divers and NSW Ambulance helicopters, are at the scene.

A de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver seaplane operated by Sydney Seaplanes.

The crashed aircraft, a DHC-2 Beaver registration VH-NOO, was operated by Sydney Seaplanes.

Aaron Shaw, the company's managing director, confirmed one pilot and five passengers were on board.

Search for survivors after seaplane crashes into Hawkesbury River

The journey from Cottage Point to Rose Bay would normally take 20 minutes.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will investigate the incident.

A marine command centre has been established at Apple Tree Bay boat ramp near Bobbin Head in the Ku Ring Gai National Park near Cowan.

External Link: Australian Transport Safety Bureau post on ditching of seaplane into Hawkesbury River

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