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Quebec Plane Crash Kills 6 on Sightseeing Tour

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The wreckage of a de Havilland Beaver float plane which crashed August 23, 2015, in a remote area near Les Bergeronnes, Quebec, is seen in a photo from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada released August 24, 2015. (Transportation Safety Board of Canada/Handout/Reuters)

By    |   Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 11:16 AM

A Quebec plane crash Sunday near Les Bergeronnes killed six people, including four from Great Britain and one from France.

The sightseeing plane went down Sunday afternoon after leaving Long Lake near the Tadoussac, about 125 miles from Quebec City, according to CBC News. The news agency quoted Canada's Transportation Safety Board as saying that the aircraft may have taken a nose dive.

"Sadly, four British nationals were on board the plane that crashed in Les Bergeronnes, Canada on Sunday," a British Foreign Office spokesperson told CBC News. "Our deepest sympathies are with their friends and family at this difficult time. Our consular officers are ready to provide assistance and we will remain in contact with Canadian authorities regarding this tragic incident."

Air Saguenay vice president Jean Tremblay told The Canadian Press that flight was scheduled to last for 20 minutes and weather conditions appeared to be good during the flight. Tremblay said, according to The Guardian, that the pilot, identified as Romain Desrosiers, had more than 6,000 hours of flying experience and had worked for Air Saguenay for 14 years.

Quebec provincial police said that the bodies of the six victims on the airplane had been recovered and transported to Montreal for forensic tests, while Transportation Safety Board of Canada investigators were sent to the accident site.

Emilie Delaitre, 28, was identified as the French woman on board the airplane, reported The Canadian Press. The four British citizens have not yet been identified.

CBC News wrote that Canadian air branch investigator Pierre Gavillet noted that the plane crashed into a rocky mountain area.

"What we noticed at first sight is that there is not a horizontal trajectory that entered the trees," Gavillet said. "We have trees that are intact and we have a plane that is on the ground that crashed vertically, between the trees. There was a post-impact fire. There was a fire in the cabin area."

In July 2010 an Air Saguenay seaplane crashed and four of the six people aboard died. The news agency said that in that accident, the pilot took off despite bad weather.

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