Man walks away from plane crash

A pilot walked away without injuries after crash-landing his small plane on a Gisborne beach.

The tomahawk plane remains on the beach 1km east of the camp ground on East Cape Road, Te Araroa, where it landed about 3.15pm today.

Police central communications Inspector Ken Climo said the male pilot walked away uninjured, but had been checked over by doctors anyway.

Police attended, and the Civil Aviation Authority had been advised of the crash but according to the authority, it was up to the plane's operator to have the plane recovered from the beach, Mr Climo said.

''The plane has been towed up the beach so it is above the high tide mark.''

The Dominion Post