At least five killed in East China's seaplane crash
2016-07-20 16:26:00

A seaplane crashes into a bridge during a test flight in Shanghai's Jinshan District on July 20, 2016. [Photo/The Paper]

A seaplane has crashed into a bridge during a test flight in Shanghai's Jinshan District, killing at least five people, rescuers 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 12:15pm today, 10 minutes after it took off from the Jinshan City Beach for its trial flight.

Eight passengers, including a Shanghai Television reporter and cameraman with 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.

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. Editor:Amanda