Seaplane crashes on inaugural flight in China, killing 5

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say a seaplane has crashed on its inaugural flight outside Shanghai, killing five people on board.

The Paper news site says a Cessna 208B operated by Joy Air General Air was carrying two crew members and eight invited guests on its maiden voyage when it flew into a highway bridge on Wednesday.

The Paper says the other five on board are being treated in a hospital.

It says the seaplane took off from suburban Shanghai’s Jinshan district and was bound for the Zhoushan islands, about 75 kilometers (47 miles) to the south. The route is designed for tourists and sightseers who want to escape to the islands from the sprawling financial center.

The Paper says the cause of the crash is under investigation.