Plane Crashes into Hawkesbury

NSW Police have confirmed the bodies of six people have been recovered after a seaplane crashed into Jerusalem Bay near the town of Cowan, north of Sydney.

Police say the plane went down about 3:15pm today (local time) at Jerusalem Bay near the town of Cowan.

The seaplane was returning a party of five people from the Cottage Point Inn Restaurant to Rose Bay in Sydney’s east when it crashed into the water.

Debris and an oil slick were found on the surface where the plane went down.

Numerous rescue vessels, including NSW Police divers and NSW Ambulance helicopters, attended the scene.

A de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver seaplane operated by Sydney Seaplanes.

The crashed aircraft, a DHC-2 Beaver registration VH-NOO, was operated by Sydney Seaplanes.

Aaron Shaw, the company’s managing director, confirmed one pilot and five passengers were on board at the time of the crash.

The journey from Cottage Point to Rose Bay would normally take 20 minutes.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will investigate the incident.

A marine command centre has been established at Apple Tree Bay boat ramp near Bobbin Head in the Ku Ring Gai National Park near Cowan.