Two skydivers jumped from a plane shortly before it crashed
into a line of trees in Auckland yesterday.
The pilot of the Cessna aircraft also walked away without
It is believed the plane lost engine power as it was
preparing to land at Parakai, near Helensville, around
The Civil Aviation Authority is investigating the crash, and
communications manager Mike Richards said it was possible the
trees slowed the plane as it came down.
"Probably it reduced the velocity of the aircraft, and
reduced the force of impact, so that was good luck," he said.
"[The pilot] has done a great job to walk away from that, he
Tandem skydivers had jumped out of the plane moments before,
and the pilot was returning to the airfield when the incident
A CAA investigator at the scene reported the aircraft
sustained "quite severe damage" from the crash.
The authority will take the wreckage to a secure location for
Tony Moore, a director of Blueskies Skydiving, confirmed his
company used the plane. The company was conducting a
debriefing about the incident yesterday afternoon, he said.
"Fortunately the pilot is fine and there were no skydivers
from our company in the air when the crash happened," Moore
- Patrice Dougan of APNZ