Two presumed dead after plane crashes in Rotterdam canal

Two presumed dead after plane crashes in Rotterdam canal
A helicopter assisted in the search but the passengers are still missing, presumed dead. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

A search is ongoing for survivors after a small aircraft crashed into the port canal of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on Sunday evening. The two passengers are now presumed dead, with emergency services looking for the bodies.

Debris from the plane was found in the water after the plane had taken off from eastern Germany and was heading to France. At 18:50, port authorities found debris, clothing, and life jackets in an area of water marked with oil, Belga News Agency reports.

Coast guards, fire services and divers were deployed, along with a helicopter to assist in the emergency response. However, with no trace of the passengers yet discovered, the initial search is turning into a salvage operation with a spokesperson for the emergency services stating that it is "reasonably expected" that the passengers are dead.

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A dive team will now use an underwater drone to scan the bottom of the canal, that has a depth of around 25 metres.

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