Couple killed in microlight crash named

Emergency services at the scene. Photo by Samuel White.
Emergency services at the scene. Photo by Samuel White.
Police have released the names of the two people killed in a microlight crash near Kaka Point yesterday.

Thomas John Evans (30) and Jenna Frances Craig (26), both of South Otago, died when the plane they were in crashed on a farm in Glenomaru, between Owaka and Kaka Point, a police spokesman said.

Mr Evans lived and worked on a farm near Balclutha and played for the Owaka Premier Rugby team.

Ms Craig was from Warepa and worked in Balclutha.

Police were called to the scene, on a farm property in Wright Rd, about 10.15am yesterday. 

The Civil Aviation Authority arrived today and have begun their scene examination, which is likely to take two days.

A CAA spokesman said the pair were the only occupants of a Rans S6 microlight, which left in good conditions from Balclutha aerodrome, where it was based.

The investigation will involve both Police and the CAA and will be overseen by the Coroner.

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