Four British people have been killed after a horror sea plane crash in Australia, it has been reported.
An 11-year-old boy and the pilot of the craft are also believed to have died in the tragedy on the Hawkesbury River near to Sydney, shortly after 3pm local time (4am UK time) today.
Three of the victims’ bodies have so far been recovered and police divers are at the scene.
The Mirror has reported that local area commander Michael Gorman said that work is now underway to locate the three missing victims.
Acting Superintendent Gorman confirmed that the pilot of the seaplane and five passengers had died.
Journalist Freya Cole, of 7 News Sydney, tweeted that four Brits are believed to be among those killed in the crash at Cowan Creek, around 1.2 miles north of Cottage Point.
She posted: “Horrific details coming out of this seaplane crash in the Hawkesbury River. Among the six victims are believed to be an 11 year old boy, the pilot and 4 British nationals.”
The cause of the New Year’s Eve crash is currently unclear.
Police in New South Wales state say the single-engine plane sank after smashing into the river.
It is said to be now lying under around 42 feet of water.
A Sydney Seaplanes spokesman confirmed to Australian newspaper the Daily Telegraph that the aircraft involved in the deadly crash was one of theirs and that they were working with police.
He said: “Obviously we are very concerned and trying to determine the details at this point.”
Sydney Seaplanes offers picturesque flights over the city, with passengers treated to sights such as the famous Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
The company is popular among celebrities, with Pippa Middleton and husband James Matthews seen getting on a plane at Rose Bay during their honeymoon earlier this year.
Supt Gorman said the plane that crashed today was thought to have been travelling from the Cottage Point area to Rose Bay – but that it was too early to say what caused the incident.
Police said six people including the pilot were on board when the tragedy occurred at about 3.10pm.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said it would be “investigating the ditching of a single-engine seaplane which crashed at Cowan Creek, Hawkesbury River, NSW this afternoon”.
Further details on the victims’ identities and ages are unclear at this stage.