31 Jan 2011

CAA investigating plane crash near Nelson

6:07 pm on 31 January 2011

The Civil Aviation Authority is investigating the crash of a commercial aircraft at Takaka Aerodrome, north-west of Nelson.

A spokesperson says the single-engine Piper Cherokee operated by Golden Bay Air lost power as it was taking off and ran into a ditch last Wednesday.

The pilot and two passengers were not hurt.

The CAA says it is awaiting a full report from the pilot.

A spokesperson for the Takaka Volunteer Fire Brigade says it attended the scene but all the plane's occupants had emerged from the wreckage by the time they arrived.