July 20, 2016 – Five people died on Wednesday when a seaplane they were travelling in crashed into a bridge in Shanghai on its maiden flight to an offshore island, the government said.
The Cessna 208, operated by AVIC Joy General Aviation, was carrying 10 people, two crew members and eight invited guests, from Shanghai’s Jinshan district to Zhoushan, an island in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the district government said in a statement.
China state media says the seaplane took off from suburban Shanghai’s Jinshan district and was bound for the Zhoushan islands, about 75km to the south. The route is designed for tourists and sightseers who want to escape to the islands from the sprawling financial centre.
The Paper says the cause of the crash is under investigation.
Textron Aviation, maker of Cessna aircraft, expressed its 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.