Instructor, trainee pilot seriously hurt in crash

An instructor and trainee pilot have been seriously injured after a light aircraft crashed in a North Canterbury paddock.

Emergency services were called to a farm off Rakahuri Rd, near Glentui, at 11.35am today after the plane landed nose-first and the cabin was crushed on impact.

An instructor and trainee pilot were in the plane and have serious injuries. Photo: George Heard/...
An instructor and trainee pilot were in the plane and have serious injuries. Photo: George Heard/ NZ Herald
Canterbury Recreational Aircraft Club president Doug Anderson said its chief flying instructor, Stewart Bufton, was in the plane  with a trainee pilot when it crashed.

Mr Anderson said he understood that Bufton, who has 15 years' flying experience, has suffered a broken leg and arm.

A St John spokesman said both men were initially treated for serious injuries, and one was flown by helicopter to Christchurch Hospital. 

The extent of the trainee pilot's injuries was not known.

Police at the scene confirmed that a trainee pilot and instructor took off from the Rangiora Airfield earlier today.

"The reason for the crash is unknown, at this stage, but it appears they have been flying at low level and have clipped powerlines and ended up crashing in a farm paddock," Acting Senior Sergeant Rob Irvine said. 

"They are very lucky."

It's believed the plane may have clipped powerlines before crashing. Photo: Geoff Sloan/Star News
It's believed the plane may have clipped powerlines before crashing. Photo: Geoff Sloan/Star News
A Civil Aviation Authority investigator was due at the scene on Thursday.

Ambulance, fire and police all attended the incident.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokeswoman Lyn Crosson said two crews from Oxford and Rangiora were sent to the scene.

MainPower was also at the farm to repair the lines.

Emergency services at the scene. Photo: George Heard/NZ Herald
Emergency services at the scene. Photo: George Heard/NZ Herald

- Star News and NZ Herald 

 

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