Quebec plane crash: British family of four killed in incident named

The family were on holiday in Canada

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A British family of four who were killed in a seaplane crash near the Canadian city of Quebec have been named.

Fiona Hewitt, 52, her husband Richard, 50, and their teenage children 14-year-old Harry and 17- year-old Felicity died in the crash in the Les Bergeronnes area on Sunday afternoon, the Quebec Coroner's Office said.

The family are believed to have been on their last day of a holiday in a village near Quebec, when they took a routine Air Saguenay trip from Lac Long with another tourist. The airline described conditions for the flight expected to take 20 minutes as “excellent”.

Pilot Romain Desrosiers and French passenger Emilie Delaitre also died when the aircraft crashed into a mountainside.

The collision was so intense that no one could have survived, according to the coroner office which will continue to investigate the deaths, in order to publish a report in the coming months.

The Hewitts were staying the idyllic, riverside village of Tadoussac, 20km (12miles) from Quebec, which is popular with tourists, according to the Journal of Quebec.

The family were due to leave Tadoussac on Monday after a three-night stay at a hotel.

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

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."

Additional reporting by PA

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