EM – 4 including 2 children die in Australia light aircraft “tragic accident”

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Two adults and two children died in a light aircraft crash off the coast of the Australian city of Brisbane, police said on Sunday.

Queensland State Police said the four were killed when the small plane struck crashed in shallow water near Redcliffe, a suburb by the bay to the north of the city, shortly after 9:00 a.m. local time.

The bodies of the 69-year-old pilot and three passengers – a grown man and two children – were later rescued by police divers. Passengers have yet to be identified.

“This is the last thing a family has to go through this time of year,” he said.

Initial reports suggested it crashed shortly after takeoff, shared authorities, but a full investigation was ordered to determine the cause.

The Air Transport Safety Bureau said additional investigators would be dispatched from the capital, Canberra, to assist with the investigation.

The Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll previously told local media that the initial reaction was encountering difficult conditions. “The plane is in a very, very difficult situation, (a) difficult position in the wetland,” said them.

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