Sydney - A seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing five British tourists and the pilot, was recovered Thursday as reports emerged of the aircraft's involvement in another deadly accident two decades ago.
The DHC-2 Beaver Seaplane was returning from a restaurant on New Year's Eve when it made a right turn and plunged into the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney.
Richard Cousins, the 58-year-old boss of catering giant Compass, his sons Edward and William, fiancee Emma Bowden and her daughter Heather Bowden-Page died alongside pilot Gareth Morgan, who was reportedly Canadian-born.
New South Wales state police Detective Superintendent Mark Hutchings said Thursday investigators could see the plane had sustained "severe damage" after they raised it from the water.
"It appeared that there's been quite an impact on hitting the water," he told reporters in Sydney.