5 Aug 2022

Conditions too dangerous to reach light plane crash

From Morning Report, 7:14 am on 5 August 2022

The Rescue Co-ordination Centre says conditions are too dangerous for searchers to reach the crash site in the Southern Alps where a small plane went down on Thursday.

Air Traffic Control notified the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand its assistance was required at 11am. One person was on-board.

The crashed plane which had flown out of Franz Josef en route to Rangiora was located yesterday afternoon in a remote part of the alps, near Mount Nicholson.

Overnight a plan was developed to try and reach the area.

This has now been put on hold due, due to winds being above a safe operating level for helicopters.

Heavy rain and strong winds are forecast today.