British family killed in Canadian float plane crash identified

26th August 2015, Comments 0 comments

The victims of a pontoon plane crash in Canada's Quebec province over the weekend were identified Wednesday by the provincial coroner's office as a British couple and their two teenage children.

Fiona and Richard Hewitt, both in their 50s, and their children Felicity, 17, and Harry, 14, died when the small Beaver aircraft operated by Saguenay Air went down in a densely wooded area about 250 km (155 miles) north of Quebec City.

The crash also killed the Canadian pilot, Romain Desrosiers, and a 28-year-old French tourist, Emilie Delaitre, who had been previously identified.

The plane had taken off from the small town of Tadoussac on the Saint Lawrence River, a popular tourist destination for whale watching.

Preliminary findings from an ongoing investigation found that the propellor was still spinning as the aircraft crashed vertically into a hillside.

© 2015 AFP

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