Seaplane Used By Harman And Nokia To Spruik New Products Crashes Six Dead
A seaplane used by AKG, a Samsung brand marketed in Australia by Harman, along with Nokia to host journalists on an “experience” trip has crashed with the loss of six lives.
ChannelNews staff were on both of these flights.
Operated by Sydney Seaplanes from Rose Bay in Sydney the doomed aircraft was used to launch the new Nokia 8 smartphone and the recently launched AKG N60, noise cancelling headphones.
All six people on board the single-engine sea plane that crashed into Cowan Creek at Jerusalem Bay in Sydney’s north on Sunday afternoon have died, police have confirmed.
In Nokia’s case the Company wanted journalists to experience from the air the capabilities of their new Android smartphone.
With Harman it was a case of demonstrating the noise cancelling capability of their all new award winning AKG headphones.
The aircraft, carrying a pilot and five passengers, crashed about 3.15pm and a search and rescue operation was attempting to locate the aircraft which sank on hitting the water.
Witnesses described the aircraft as suddenly coming down to 500 metres, then banking to the right, the wingtip of the seaplane then hit the water and sank.
NSW Police confirmed three bodies had been recovered, and an operation was under way to recover the remaining three bodies. There was no further information on the identities of those on board.
There are unconfirmed reports that those on board were four British Nationals, an 11-year-old boy and the pilot.
When I boarded the doomed aircraft, we were give life vests and warned to brace in the event of an emergency.
The plane took off smoothly heading to Palm Beach and the Hawkesbury. After several passes over the coast, the Hawkesbury and the Northern Beaches the plane returned to Sydney where it swung round past the bridge and the Opera House.
Commander of the Kurung-Gai Local Area Command, Acting Superintendent Michael Gorman, confirmed the pilot and five passengers aboard the plane were deceased.
“Information to date is that at approximately 3.10pm, a sea plane was flying west over the Hawkesbury River. For reasons that are not known at this stage, the plane has hit the water and it has subsequently sunk,” he said during a press conference at Apple Tree Bay.
“We can confirm the six people on the plane are deceased.”
Police have retrieved three bodies from the water at Apple Tree Wharf, however divers are still working on locating the other three people.
Investigators from Marine Area Command and the police Air Wing are En route to the scene.
The plane has not yet been retrieved and is currently sitting in 13m of water.
More to follow.