Police expect to name the two men who died in a Feilding plane crash tomorrow, but have said they were "relatively well-known Manawatu men" and friends who were out on a private flight.
The aerobatic plane, believed to be a Yak-52, crashed into residential Timona Park, off East St in residential Feilding, about 10.45am killing the two men instantly.
Next of kin started arriving at the scene shortly before 1pm.
Inspector Mark Harrison said the plane had taken off from the nearby Taonui Aerodrome about 25 minutes earlier.
Several agencies, including the Civil Aviation Authority, have launched investigations into the cause of the crash, which was witnessed by dozens of people.
Parts of the park have been cordoned off and tents have been put up to help preserve the wreckage.
A Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team are on the scene along with CAA investigators.
Mr Harrison, who was at home and heard the crash, said the park was busy with people and it was "extremely fortunate that no-one on the ground was hurt.
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.
CAA confirmed the plane was a two-seater Yak.
Investigators Al Moselen and Steve Walker were travelling to the scene from Auckland and were expected to arrive later this afternoon.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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