Beijing, July 20: At least five people were killed and five others injured when an amphibian plane hit a highway bridge near China's commercial capital Shanghai during its inaugural flight on Wednesday (July 20), officials said.
The Cessna 208 B, carrying 10 people, was on its maiden flight from Shanghai's Jinshan District to Zhoushan City, Zhejiang Province, when it hit the bridge around midday.
Five people died in hospital due to their injuries. One person with serious injuries is undergoing surgery, and four others sustained injuries, which were not life threatening, state-run Xinhua quoted a doctor at Jinshan Hospital in Fudan University.
Rescuers were retrieving the wreckage from the water.
According to Shanghai municipal government information office, the plane is owned by AVIC Joy General Aviation, an affiliate of the Aviation Industry Corp. of China. It is the first amphibian plane operator that was approved to carry passengers in east China. Its business scope includes medical rescue, aviation exploration, air tours, private and commercial pilot training, aviation photography, air advertising and charter flight.