10 Oct 2014

Hawke's Bay airport reopens after crash

3:04 pm on 10 October 2014

Hawke's Bay airport has reopened after a plane flipped on its runway just before midday.

The Cessna aircraft lost power on take off and did an abrupt U-turn to land but overturned as it hit the runway.

The airport's commercial manager Wayne Wootton said the three people on board escaped unharmed but the plane was likely to be written off.

He said the wreckage had been removed and there was a backlog of flights that Air New Zealand is working to clear.

The Civil Aviation Authority will be investigating the accident.