Milton Keynes family killed in Canadian plane crash

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A family-of-four believed to be from Milton Keynes have been killed in a plane crash in Canada.

Richard Hewitt, 50, Fiona Hewitt, 52, Felicity, 17, and Harry, 14, died instantly during a 20-minute sightseeing trip on the last day of their holiday.

The seaplane crashed into a mountain side in the Les Bergeronnes area of Quebec province on Sunday.

The pilot and another passenger were also killed.

Experts say the impact was so severe that “nobody could have survived”.

Mr and Mrs Hewitt and their teenagers are thought to have lived in Shenley Church End.

Their councillor, Andy Dransfield, paid tribute to them as news of the catastrophe emerged.

He said: “It is very sad and shocking that what looks to be two students from Denbigh School have been killed in such unfortunate circumstances.”

The Foreign Office said the crash was a “tragic incident”.

The seaplane had taken off from Tadoussac, on the Gulf of Saint Lawrence on Sunday evening.

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

They had been staying at the Hotel Sous La Croix in Tadoussac, a popular tourist resort.

Foreign secretary Philip Hammond offered his condolences to the family.

He 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.”

The family’s bodies have been found, but bad weather conditions had hindered recovery efforts.

The Quebec coroner’s office will carry out further investigations into the deaths and publish a report later this year.