Two people are dead after a small plane crashed near Feilding this morning, police say.
Police said the names of the deceased would not be released at this stage but they were two 'relatively well-known Manawatu men". Next-of-kin were being spoken to.
Inspector Mark Harrison told Fairfax NZ the plane had crashed off East St in residential Feilding in an empty part of Timona Park about 10.45am
It was understood to have taken off from Taonui Aerodrome and crashed about 25 minutes later. It was not known what the intended flight path was.
Mr Harrison said he was at home, about 1km away, when he heard the plane crash.
The area has been cordoned off so that a scene examination can be conducted by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and police.
The CAA confirmed the plane was a Yak.
Sandra Elliott, whose house is next to Timona Park, said the plane flew right over their washing line.
She could see smoke coming out of the back of it. They heard the bang when it crashed moments later. They were thankful the pilot had managed to steer the plane away from the neighbouring houses.
Her sons then went to see what had happened.
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