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Four Britons Confirmed Dead In Seaplane Crash

 

 

Four Britons were among six people killed when a seaplane crashed into a mountainside in Canada, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

The De Havilland Beaver aircraft took off from Tadoussac, 93 miles (150km) northeast of Quebec City, on a 20-minute sightseeing tour on Sunday.

It went down in good weather in a heavily-wooded area near Les Bergonnes, killing all five passengers and the pilot.

There are conflicting reports about whether the plane made a distress call.

CBC News named the pilot as Romain Desrosiers, and said 28-year-old Emilie Delaitre, from France, was one of the passengers.

The names of the four British passengers have not been released.

The bodies are due to be taken to Montreal for forensic tests.

The remote location of the crash meant rescue teams took 24 hours to reach the scene, with troops from the Canadian Armed Forces parachuting in to look for survivors.

Pierre Gavillet, an air branch investigator, said the plane – operated by Air Saguenay – crashed into a mountain.

“What we noticed at first sight is that there is not a horizontal trajectory that entered the trees,” he told CBC News.

“We have trees that are intact and we have a plane that is on the ground that crashed vertically, between the trees.

“There was a post-impact fire. There was a fire in the cabin area.”

Air Saguenay Vice President Jean Tremblay said the pilot was highly experienced with more than 6,000 flying hours over 14 years with the airline.

“It was perfect conditions,” he told reporters. “At first glance the weather conditions are not at all the cause, that is clear.

“It’s not going so well. This is not a good day for us. It’s very difficult for the Air Saguenay team.”

The airline offers sightseeing, hunting and fishing trips in Quebec’s Saguenay Ford.

Another of its aircraft crashed into a mountain in bad weather in 2010, killing four people.

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