Skydive plane deaths inquest to start
Overseas families are arriving for the start of tomorrow's inquest into the deaths of nine people in a plane crash at Fox Glacier nearly two years ago.
Four tandem skydive masters, Rod Miller, 55, Adam Bennett, 47, Michael Suter, 32, and Christopher McDonald, 62, died alongside pilot Chaminda Senadhira, 33, when a Skydive New Zealand plane crashed on September 4, 2010.
Ireland's Patrick Byrne, 26, Australian Glenn Bourke, 18, German Annita Kirsten, 23, and England's Brad Coker, 24, also died.
The week-long inquest is being held in the Greymouth District Court. A coroner's spokesman said it would be live-streamed on the internet for those unable to attend.
In May, the Transport Accident Investigation Commission said the plane was over its maximum operating weight, was off balance and that the owner and pilot failed to calculate weight and balance.
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