Two men suffered broken bones when a small plane crashed into
a paddock north of Christchurch last night.
The plane went down at Burnt Hill, near the North Canterbury
town of Oxford, about 5.45pm, police southern communications
Inspector Murray Hurst said.
The 27-year-old and 32-year-old occupants of the plane,
believed to be a Tomahawk, both suffered broken legs and one
had a broken arm.
Their injuries were not life-threatening and both men were
conscious after the crash, Mr Hurst said.
"The pilot rang the ambulance service."
Both men were taken to hospital by the Christchurch-based
Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
The cause of the accident was not yet known.
"I don't know whether he was coming in to land or whether he
had engine trouble or what, so I guess that will all come out
in the wash," Mr Hurst said.
A rescue helicopter spokesperson said the plane crashed into
an open flat paddock.
Due to the remoteness of the scene additional St John
paramedics and fire service staff with cutting equipment were
flown in to help extricate the men.
The crash would be investigated by the Civil Aviation