Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Zenair CH701, ZK-SCC: Incident occurred July 05, 2017 on Matata Beach, Whakatane, New Zealand





A fisherman was knocked unconscious this afternoon by a light plane that had run out of fuel and force landed on Matata Beach in Whakatane.

The Matata Volunteer Fire Brigade was called at 2.34pm to reports an unconscious person was lying on the beach.

The man was brought to the fire station suffering moderate head injuries. He was taken to Whakatane Hospital by ambulance.

"He had been fishing on Matata Beach when a light aircraft, out of fuel swooped low, gliding, over the DOC Camp to make an emergency landing on the beach, cleaning up the VERY unlucky fisherman and striking him in the head," the fire brigade said in a Facebook post.

"There has got to be something crazy unlucky going on for that man to be hit by a plane on the beach."

Police confirmed a Zenair CH701 had force landed on the beach at 2.30pm today and its wing had hit a fisherman.

The man had minor injuries while the pilot and copilot were not injured, a spokeswoman said.

The incident had been referred to the Civil Aviation Authority.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz




At 2:34pm the Matata Siren sounded in response to a 111 Medical call for an "UNCONSCIOUS PERSON - MATATA BEACH".

We managed to muster a small crew at the station but before dispatching, a person was brought to the station suffering head injuries. His injuries were moderate and he was transported soon after to Whakatane Hospital by ambulance.

He had been fishing on Matata Beach when a light aircraft, out of fuel swooped low, gliding, over the DOC Camp to make an emergency landing on the beach, cleaning up the VERY unlucky fisherman and striking him in the head. There has got to be something crazy unluckly going on for that man to be hit by a plane on the beach at Matata. -Matata Volunteer Fire Brigade

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