Monday, March 09, 2015

de Havilland DH82a Tiger Moth, ZK-BMY: Incident occurred at Tauranga Airport, New Zealand

UPDATE 3:49pm: The crashed plane was a Tiger Moth.

Tauranga Council communications manager Aimee Driscoll said the aircraft had "difficulty landing" just before 3pm and suffered minor damage.

There were no injuries to the two people onboard and no disruption to Air New Zealand services, she said.

The aircraft suffered a broken propeller and was now being removed.

The Civil Aviation Authority would determine whether an investigation needed to be carried out.

3.22pm: A light plane has made a crash landing at Tauranga Airport this afternoon.

A reporter at the scene said a small, yellow bi-plane had crashed on a grass runway.

The plane was on its wheels but its nose was in the ground. There were about three fire trucks on the runway alongside the plane.

Another plane appeared to be waiting on the runway.

It was not clear if the crashed plane's occupants were injured at this stage.

EARLIER: Reports are coming in that a plane has crashed at Tauranga Airport.

Firefighters are heading to the airport after reports a light plane has crashed on the runway.

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