Hammond offers condolences after four Brits killed in Canada

Hammond offers condolences after four Brits killed in Canada

Foreign secretary Philip Hammond has offered condolences after four British travellers were confirmed dead in a Canadian seaplane crash.

Five passengers and the pilot were killed when the Beaver aircraft came down in a remote area of woodland more than 150 miles northeast of Quebec City on Sunday.

The identities of the British victims have not yet been released.

The Air Saguenay seaplane had taken off from Tadoussac, on the north shore of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, on Sunday evening for a flight that was due to last 20 minutes.

Jean-Marc Ledoux, from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, told the BBC that it would be some time before the cause of the crash was known.

Hammond said: “This terrible incident has taken the lives of all on board, including four British nationals. My thoughts and sympathy are with their family and friends at this difficult time.

“Our High Commission in Ottawa is in close contact with the Canadian authorities and we are providing consular assistance to the relatives of those who were killed.”

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