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Mystery plane crash on farm lands one in hospital

LIB WILSON
Last updated 09:57 06/02/2014
Kihikihi plane crash
MARK TAYLOR/Fairfax NZ

Crash landing: One person was seriously injured in this crash landing near Kihikihi.

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One person was taken to hospital in a serious condition yesterday evening after a light plane crashed near Kihikihi.

The small plane ended up in a flat farm paddock, several hundred metres from the intersection of Hairini and Payne roads, with a crushed nose.

Police were called about 6.30pm after being notified by the fire service, said police northern communications shift inspector Shawn Rutene.

Few details were available about the crash at the time of print - Mr Rutene was unable to confirm the cause of the crash, number of people on board the plane, or whether the person taken to hospital was the pilot.

However, the Civil Aviation Authority would lead an investigation into the incident.

The fire service attended to assist ambulance officers, but the patient was not trapped in the plane, fire northern communications shift manager Jaron Philips said.

Meanwhile, a motorcycle crash in Raglan left the male rider in a critical condition.

The crash occurred about 3.45pm at the intersection between Lorenzen Bay Rd and SH23.

Emergency services contacted did not believe there was another vehicle involved in the accident.

The rider was transported to Waikato Hospital in a critical condition by the Westpac rescue helicopter.

Pilot Dan Harcourt said it appeared the man had lost control on the bend.

He was assessed to be in a critical condition, and had "a lot of grazes" and skin off his elbows.

The serious crash unit would investigate the accident, Mr Rutene said.

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- Waikato Times

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