Plane crash traps pilot

MATT BOWEN
Last updated 12:21 07/01/2014
Tirau plane crash
MARK TAYLOR/Fairfax NZ

PLANE DOWN: Emergency services work to free a pilot after a microlight plane crashed near Tirau.

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A Tirau man was injured when the microlight plane he was flying plunged head first into a Waikato paddock this morning.

Emergency services worked to free the man from the wreckage shortly after 10.30am and he was flown to hospital.

Neighbour Holly Faber said she was watching the man flying around the end of McMillan Rd, just north of Tirau, from her deck at about 10am.

"It looked like he was coming in to land, as he always does and he just dropped," she said at the scene.

"He takes off in that paddock, comes up goes a round and lands again."

She didn't see the plane hit the ground, but ran down and phoned emergency services.

The aircraft hit the ground nose first and emergency services dismantled the plane to get to the pilot.

The investigation will be referred to the Civil Aviation Authority. 

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