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Commuter Aircraft Crash Lands In New Zealand

Thu Dec 28, 2006 4:46 pm

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will investigate today's crash landing of a nine-seater plane on mudflats near Tauranga as the company involved puts up shutters to questions about the incident.

Witnesses hailed the skill of pilot Paul Ensor who walked away unscathed after bringing his twin-engined Britten Norman Islander down on the mudflats at Omokoroa harbour, north-west of Tauranga this morning.

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RE: Commuter Aircraft Crash Lands In New Zealand

Thu Dec 28, 2006 5:10 pm

It happened also with an Britten Norman Islander of the Belgian Air Force years ago. The pilot succeeded to land safely on a mud plate along the North Sea coast.

 
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RE: Commuter Aircraft Crash Lands In New Zealand

Thu Dec 28, 2006 5:46 pm

The company involved was Tauranga-based "Island Air Charters", but the aircraft is ex-Great Barrier and Wings Over Whales looking at the database.


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Thankfully there were no injuries although it doesn't mention any more passengers than the company's owner Mr Ensor, who was flying the plane.
 
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RE: Commuter Aircraft Crash Lands In New Zealand

Thu Dec 28, 2006 6:04 pm

Quoting Noelg (Reply 2):
Thankfully there were no injuries although it doesn't mention any more passengers than the company's owner Mr Ensor, who was flying the plane.

According to other news reports, there were only two people on board.
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