Sightseeing British parents and teenage children victims of Canada air crash


The British family killed in a plane crash while on holiday in Canada included a 14-year-old boy.

The family were reportedly on the last day of their sightseeing trip to part of Quebec when the small aircraft they were travelling in crashed into the side of a mountain, killing all six on board.

The parents, both aged 40, died with their teenage son and 17-year-old daughter.

The impact was so severe nobody could have survived, and pilot Romain Desrosiers and French passenger Emilie Delaitre also reportedly died in the accident.

The family had been staying in Tadoussac, a village popular with tourists around 20km (12 miles) away from where their plane crashed, according to the Journal of Quebec.

The newspaper reported that the family had booked into the hotel for three nights and were due to leave on Monday, but their plane came down on Sunday afternoon in the Les Bergeronnes area of Quebec.

Canadian authorities have not named the family and warned the investigation into what caused the accident could take some time.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond offered his condolences to the relatives of those killed in the crash.

Mr 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."

A picture on the Transportation Safety Board of Canada's website shows the wreckage of the red and white Beaver aircraft on a rock edge next to thick woodland.

The plane, operated by Air Saguenay, took off from Lac Long in Tadoussac on a routine sightseeing flight before crashing.

An Air Saguenay official said the flight was supposed to last 20 minutes and flying conditions at the time were "excellent".

Although the weather was good when the flight took place, cloud and rain significantly affected efforts to access the steep and densely wooded area.

Police said the bodies of all six people had been found, while investigators from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada were sent to the scene.

Jean-Marc Ledoux, a regional manager with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, said it would take time before the cause of the crash is known.