Gyrocoptor crashes in harbour
A gyrocopter has crashed into the Tauranga harbour this afternoon, but the two men on board have managed to escape virtually unscathed.
The gyrocopter crashed into shallow waters after it lost power at 500 feet after taking off from Tauranga Airport at 1.30pm, a police spokesman said.
Engine failure caused the air craft to crash into the sea, about 200 metres from the end of the runway.
The two men on board, both understood to be in their 60s, were able to walk to safety.
One man has been taken to Tauranga Hospital, but did not have serious injuries, while the other man was uninjured, north ambulance team manager Keith Hall said.
The incident has been referred to the Civil Aviation Authority.
Gyrocopters are small air crafts usually manned by just one or two people.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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