Police name man killed in light plane crash at a private airfield, Ōtaki

Police name man killed in light plane crash at a private airfield, Ōtaki

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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 on Monday. 

St John Ambulance were called to the crash at around 1.33 pm, road rescue and a rescue helicopter were at the scene.

The pilot, 74-year-old Nigel Anthony Frederikson, of Wellington had died in the crash.


“The death will be referred to the Coroner,” said NZ Police in a press release on Wednesday.

The plane flown was a Sonex amateur-built fixed-wing aircraft.

“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.

On Monday through to Wednesday, it is believed that an investigation run by CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) happened to determine the cause of the crash – thisquality has not heard back about the cause of the crash. 

A map of where the crash happened below:

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