Parachute exercise conducted near Dunedin

A royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules flew over Dunedin and dropped parachutists into drop zones on the Taieri Plain at the weekend, the New Zealand Defence Force has confirmed.

The parachute training exercise in Otago was due to end this Friday and no further drops were scheduled for Dunedin, a Defence Force spokesman said.

At the weekend, Dunedin residents reported seeing the Hercules overhead.

A Defence Force spokesman confirmed the Hercules was in the air above Dunedin last Friday and Saturday and air and military personnel were parachuted into drop zones on the Taieri Plain.

The remainder of the exercise would be conducted from Alexandra before the aircraft returned to RNZAF Base Whenuapai, in Auckland, later this week, a spokesman said.

The purpose of the Otago exercise was to train personnel in four different types of military parachute jumps.

All flying was conducted in accordance with Civil Aviation Authority and the RNZAF rules.

hamish.maclean@odt.co.nz

Add a Comment

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter