A 60-year-old Taumarunui top dressing pilot is in stable condition after sustaining serious spinal injuries in a crash while taking off yesterday.
The Rescue Co-ordination Centre said the man had been working on a remote farm near Taumarunui when the crash occurred.
The crash at the end of the runway had been witnessed by the farm owner.
The centre said the plane's emergency locator beacon had gone off at 5.15pm.
The Taranaki rescue helicopter arrived at the Waitaanga Rd location an hour later.
Taranaki St John's operations manager Ian May said the man was treated by paramedics then flown to Waikato Hospital by helicopter at 7.30pm.
The man was working for fertiliser spreading and agricultural spraying company Wanganui Aero Work.
Wanganui Aero Work was bought by Ravensdown in 2004 and has recently been rebranded Ravensdown Aerowork. A spokesman for Ravensdown said not all aircraft had yet been painted with the new branding.
Ravensdown Aerowork operates fixed wing aircraft across much of the North Island and the upper South Island. It also has four helicopters used in the King Country/Taihape/Wanganui region.
All fixed wing aircraft and helicopters use GPS.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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