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First glimpse of wreckage of doomed seaplane

Recovery of the seaplane started at 6am today. Picture: John Grainger
Recovery of the seaplane started at 6am today. Picture: John Grainger

THIS is the first view of the wreckage of the seaplane that plunged to the bottom of the Hawkesbury River killing a family from the UK and its Canadian pilot.

The plane is being lifted carefully from Jerusalem Creek north of Sydney.

A barge was the first at the scene this morning in a six-hour operation to retrieve the seaplane.

Police hope to life the plane out in one piece. Picture: John Grainger
Police hope to life the plane out in one piece. Picture: John Grainger

The recovery started at 6am today. Police ­attached to Marine Area Command including specialist police divers, hope to lift the aircraft out of the river in one piece.

The seaplane's pontoon's or "floats" which allow the plane to land on water are the first pieces to be salvaged.

Those parts of the seaplane have been loaded onto a barge which will be taken to Bayview Boat ramp.

One of the plane's wings has also emerged from the water.

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Pilot Gareth Morgan died when the aircraft nosedived and smashed into the Hawkesbury River before flipping over on to its roof killing passengers 58-year-old British millionaire Richard Cousins, his two sons, fiancee Emma Bowden, 48, and her daughter Heather, 11.

The plane is being lifted carefully from Jerusalem Creek. Picture: John Grainger
The plane is being lifted carefully from Jerusalem Creek. Picture: John Grainger

Amazing photographs have emerged of the same plane as it morphed from a 1964 crop duster into a seaplane.

The plane was totally rebuilt after it was involved in a fatal 1996 crash which killed the pilot as he was preparing to spray crops in Armidale in gusty winds.

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