Seaplane crashes into highway bridge in Shanghai, killing five

The Cessna 208 was taking off on a demonstration flight with 10 people on board.

A seaplane crashed into a highway bridge in Shanghai on Wednesday, killing at least five people.

The district government said in a statement that the Cessna 208, operated by AVIC Joy General Aviation, was departing on a demonstration flight with 10 people on board including the crew, when it struck the bridge in Jinshan district, Shanghai.

The government also said one survivor was seriously injured and is undergoing surgery. Four others suffered lighter injuries.

Xinhua news agency reported Cessna 208 is the first seaplane operator in eastern China to get approval of carrying passengers.

The police are investigating the cause of the crash.

The airline authorities have declined to comment on the accident.