27 Sep 2010

Fatal microlight crash pilot named

3:31 pm on 27 September 2010

Police have named the man who died in a microlight plane crash at Tauranga Airport on Monday morning.

He was 56-year-old Jeffery Arthur Bryant of Piopio.

Inspector Karl Wright St Clair says the microlight crashed shortly after takeoff: witnesses saw it spiralling downwards out of control.

It crashed on a grass strip between two runways at about 8am and Mr Bryant died at the scene.

The Civil Aviation Authority is investigating.