24 Apr 2020

Pilot dies after light aircraft crashes near Carterton

1:45 pm on 24 April 2020

Aerowork says it is in shock after one if its pilots was killed in a light aircraft crash this morning.

Ruakiwi Road, Carterton.

Ruakiwi Road, Carterton. Photo: Google Maps

Police said emergency services were responding to the crash near Ruakiwi Road after being alerted about 7.30am.

The top-dressing plane crashed shortly after take-off on a farm near Carterton.

Aerowork said it was a very sad and traumatic day for their tight-knit team.

The man was a very experienced and dedicated pilot, the company said.

A spokesperson said it was hard to say what had happened at this time, and they would be waiting for a full investigation to take place.

Carterton mayor Greg Lang said the incident was devastating, "especially in a close-knit, rural community."

He added that the news would be felt throughout the Wairarapa.

The death will be referred to the Coroner and the Civil Aviation Authority will investigate the crash.