Plane crash-lands at Omaka Aerodrome in Blenheim

Neither of the two passengers were injured when this Tiger Moth plane crashed at Omaka on Wednesday.
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Neither of the two passengers were injured when this Tiger Moth plane crashed at Omaka on Wednesday.

 A Tiger Moth biplane has landed short of the runway at the Omaka Aerodrome in Blenheim.

The male pilot and female passenger freed themselves from the wreckage before emergency services arrived, shortly after 5pm on Wednesday.

St John Ambulance Marlborough territory manager Murray Neal said neither were hurt in the crash landing, which came to rest in a dry riverbed. 

The plane came to rest in a dried river bed.
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The plane came to rest in a dried river bed.

"It's never good when you have a plane come down," he said.

Acting Sergeant Shane Webber, of Blenheim, said the 55-year-old pilot sent out a mayday call after realising there was an issue with the undercarriage of the plane.

It was unclear what the undercarriage problem was, but it forced the pilot to crash land to the southeast of the runway, Webber said.

"It appeared to be serious when it crashed," Webber said.

"Both were fine but the plane was badly damaged."

The passengers, both Australian, were flying in a DeHavilland DH82A model Tiger Moth.

 

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