Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter crew check the pilot of the microlight that crash-landed near Middlemarch yesterday morning. Photo by Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter.
The lure of a fly-fishing river ended with a pilot being the
one who got away.
A microlight pilot walked away unscathed after crash-landing
his P2202 Tecnam light aircraft near McPhees Creek in the
Rock and Pillar range, west of Middlemarch, about 9.30am
He had spotted a ''decent fly-fishing spot'' but misjudged
his landing at a nearby grass strip, Rescue Co-ordination
Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) spokesman Steve Rendle said.
''That didn't go well. He has damaged the wings and the
The 54-year-old pilot contacted the RCCNZ and set off his
beacon. The Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter was sent to the
The man, who was uninjured, was taken by helicopter back to
Taieri, where his flight originated. Senior Sergeant Brian
Benn, of Dunedin, said police were placed on standby but were
not required to attend the incident.