Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 24, 2020 20:26:47 GMT 12
Victim of fatal microlight crash near Upper Hutt airfield named Sophie Cornish 19:14, Nov 24 2020
A joint investigation between police and the Civil Aviation Authority is under way after a man was killed when a microlight plane crashed near an Upper Hutt airstrip on Monday.
Police received a report about 1.50pm on Monday that an aircraft had been seen crashing near Kaitoke Airstrip. The plane had crashed into a bush, killing its sole occupant, who police have named as Loren David Nolan, 46, of Trentham.
A CAA spokeswoman said two investigators were on Tuesday sent to the scene where the wreckage was recovered and transported it to a secure location.
“The investigation is still in its very early stages and, as part of that process, the CAA will be looking to establish information about the pilot, where the aircraft departed from, and where it was headed ... The CAA has informed the Transport Accident Investigation Commission about the accident,” she said.
The airstrip is home to the Upper Valley Gliding Club, which could not be reached on Tuesday.
A spokesman for the Kāpiti Districts Aero Club said he knew little about the crash.
In 2016, two people escaped injury after a light aircraft they were in crashed near “a small grassy airstrip” in Kaitoke Regional Park in Upper Hutt.