DHC-2 Beaver crash into river near Sydney - 6 fatalities

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DHC-2 Beaver crash into river near Sydney - 6 fatalities

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Post by Les Nessman » Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:47 pm

Six people have died after a seaplane crashed into a river in Australia some 30 miles (50km) north of Sydney.

The crash happened on the Hawkesbury River near the suburb of Cowan, New South Wales Police said.

Police divers have recovered six bodies from the wreckage, which is lying in 13m (43 ft) of water.

The identity of those aboard has not yet been released. Local media said the aircraft was from scenic flight company Sydney Seaplanes.

Investigators do not yet know why the plane crashed.

Acting Superintendent Michael Gorman said the "recovery operation continues" at the site where the single-engine aircraft crashed.

Unconfirmed reports said the casualties included an 11-year-old boy, the pilot and four British nationals.

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Post by Raffles » Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:56 pm

This might have something to do with it...

"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.


When are pilots going to learn about overbanking in cumbersome airplanes?

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The moment three friends tried to rescue British millionaire and his family who died in Sydney seaplane crash

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Post by Les Nessman » Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:03 pm

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The moment three friends tried to rescue British millionaire and his family who died in Sydney seaplane crash by lassoing the tailfin to their dinghy before diving through 7ft of fuel and debris to reach them

Crash on Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney, killed British family and the pilot
Kurt Bratby, Todd Sellars and Lachlan Hewitt watched as aircraft 'fell from sky'
Trio spending last day of 2017 on popular river when they rushed to crash site
Dove underwater to get to the wreckage in bid to pull six passengers to safety

By Max Margan and Josh Hanrahan For Daily Mail Australia and Gareth Davies For Mailonline

Published: 10:19 GMT, 3 January 2018 | Updated: 10:27 GMT, 3 January 2018


This is the moment a group of heroic bystanders leapt into action in a desperate attempt to save a British family of five and the pilot of a seaplane that plunged into the Hawkesbury River.

Kurt Bratby, Todd Sellars and Lachlan Hewitt watched in horror as the aircraft 'fell from the sky' on New Year's Eve, tragically killing all six on board.

The trio were enjoying a beer with other friends on the popular river, north of Sydney, when they a heard a 'huge noise, a boom'.

They lassoed a rope around the sinking plane, tied the tailfin to their dingy and took it in turns to dive 7ft down into the water in a bid to pull the family to safety.

Tragically, the doors could not be opened and the fuel in the water stifled their rescue attempt.

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Post by Bell 407 » Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:58 pm

Human instincts kicked in to try and save others. Amazing indeed :rose:



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Post by Raffles » Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:44 am

That is one of the better characteristics of humans, and even sometimes in the animal kingdom.



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