Nine people killed in New Zealand plane crash

A light aircraft belonging to a skydiving company crashed at a tourist site.

Wellington: Nine people have died after a light aircraft belonging to a skydiving company crashed on Saturday on New Zealand`s South Island, police said.

The plane burst into flames after takeoff from an airstrip at Fox Glacier, said Ian Henderson, a spokesman for local ambulance services. The pilot and eight passengers were killed, Greymouth Police Senior Sgt Allyson Ealam said.

Henderson did not immediately know the ages, gender or nationalities of the dead.

Police said the aircraft was a Fletcher fixed-wing plane of a type designed and built in New Zealand.

Fox Glacier is on the western coast of the South Island, about 90 miles (150 kilometres) from the main city Christchurch.

Bureau Report