Pilot unharmed after crash

Last updated 17:33 24/11/2013

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A pilot has walked away unharmed after his light aircraft crashed on a West Coast beach.

Emergency services rushed to the scene on Kumara Beach, Hokitika, after reports of the crash at about 4.20pm.

A local man had been flying a Maule aircraft and was attempting to land on the beach.

Upon landing, he struck some soft sand and the plane tipped over.

He was the sole occupant and did not suffer any injuries.

Local residents helped the man right the plane and move it above the high tide mark.

The Civil Aviation Authority have been advised, and will "discuss the incident" with the pilot.

The Fire Service and St John also attended the scene.

A St John spokesman said the pilot had been checked but was uninjured.

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- The Press

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