Two dead in Australia after Perth seaplane crash

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Two people have been confirmed dead in Western Australia after a seaplane crashed on the Swan River.

The crash took place at around 5pm local time (9am GMT), during Perth's Australia Day celebrations. 

The two people who have died were the only occupants of the plane, it has been confirmed.

The craft, thought to be a fixed-wing stunt plane, broke in half on impact and eventually sank, in front of a crowd of onlookers who had gathered to watch the celebrations from the foreshore. 

Before the craft sank, police boats and a jet ski were called to the scene. One witness, Lloyd Douglas, told Australian news outlet ABC that rescue workers were climbing onto the wings as the plane lay in the water, trying to free the people inside.

It is currently clear what caused the plane to come down, although Douglas said the plane lost momentum and altitude fairly quickly before coming down.

The Perth celebrations have been abandoned in the wake of the tragedy.