Pilot killed in gentle airplane crash at Lake Ellesmere, Canterbury

The crash happened at Lake Ellesmere, south of Christchurch, on Thursday evening (file picture).


The crash occurred at Lake Ellesmere, south of Christchurch, on Thursday night (file image).


A pilot has died in a light-weight airplane crash in Canterbury.

It occurred at roughly 10.15pm on Thursday over Lake Ellesmere, south of Christchurch, the Canterbury Aero Membership stated.

Jeremy Ford, CEO of the membership, stated: “It’s with nice remorse that we should report the crash of considered one of our plane on a routine coaching flight over Lake Ellesmere.


“The pilot has not survived the impression.”

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The pilot is known to be a member of the membership, and nobody else is believed to have been on board. The Civil Aviation Authority had been knowledgeable and would examine, Ford stated.


 He added: “The membership is endeavor its emergency response process which is able to embody notifying subsequent of kin.

“There isn’t a rapid indication of the reason for the crash.”


Police confirmed that they had been known as to a crash at Lake Ellesmere by the Rescue Coordination Centre on Thursday night. Officers remained on the scene into the early hours of Friday morning.

Canterbury Aero Club is predicated at Christchurch Worldwide Airport and is New Zealand’s largest aero membership. It supplies all kinds of coaching from introductory flights to business licenses.

It additionally has a personal airfield at West Melton and supplies flying and flight coaching from Rangiora airfield.