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Police responded to a light plane crash near Ōtaki Gorge Road in Hautere, Kapiti. The incident was reported at around 1.20 pm.
St John Ambulance was called to the crash at around 1.33 pm, road rescue and a rescue helicopter were at the scene.
The plane flown was a Sonex amateur-built fixed-wing aircraft.
The pilot had died in the crash.
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“The death will be referred to the Coroner,” said NZ Police in a press release.
“A team of CAA investigators will conduct a safety investigation, which will begin with a thorough scene examination,” said CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) in a comment to thisquality.
The purpose of the investigation is to determine the cause of the accident and identify any lessons that can be learnt to help prevent other accidents in future.
“We ask that the pilot’s family is given privacy at this difficult time,” said CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) in a comment to thisquality.
Further information will be released when it becomes available.
A map of where the crash happened below: