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A rescue site is seen after an aircraft, registered as B-10FW from Joy General Aviation, crashed during a ceremony for its first flight, in Shanghai, China, July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Five people died on Wednesday when a seaplane they were travelling in crashed into a bridge in Shanghai on its maiden flight to an offshore island, the government said.

The Cessna 208, operated by AVIC Joy General Aviation, was carrying 10 people from Shanghai's Jinshan district to Zhoushan, an island in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the district government said in a statement.

One survivor is seriously hurt and is undergoing surgery, while four others sustained lighter injuries, the government said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, it added.

Xinhua news agency said the airline is the first seaplane operator in eastern China approved to carry passengers.

An airline official, reached by telephone, declined to comment.

AVIC Joy General Aviation is an affiliate of state-owned Aviation Industry Corp of China.

(Reporting by Reuters Television; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Ryan Woo)

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