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Five British among dead in Sydney New Year’s Eve seaplane crash

MELBOURNE: Five of six people killed when a seaplane crashed during a 20- minute joy ride in Sydney on New Year’s Eve were British nationals, including an 11-year-old girl, authorities said. Detective Superintendent Mark Hutchings, from the New South Wales Police, identified the tourists as Richard Cousins, 58, Emma Bowden, 48, Heather Bowden, 11, Edward Cousins, 23, and William Cousins, 25. The pilot, Gareth Morgan, 44, also died in the crash. Hutchings said Heather was with her father onboard and that all…

Seaplane crashes into Sydney river ahead of New Year celebrations, six dead

SYDNEY: A seaplane crashed into a Sydney river on Sunday, killing six people on a “wine and dine” sightseeing flight ahead of the city’s harbor-centred New Year’s Eve celebrations. Police said they did not immediately know the cause of the crash, nor the identities of the five passengers, but were speaking with several witnesses who were in boats on one of the waterways’ busiest days of the year. The pilot was the sixth victim. The aircraft was operated by Sydney Seaplanes, a major tourism operator in the city. Several…