7 Sep 2008

Three survive Fox Glacier plane crash, one in serious condition

4:32 pm on 7 September 2008

One of the three survivors of a light plane crash at Fox Glacier on the West Coast is in a serious condition in hospital.

The Cessna plane crashed about 1pm on Friday. It had apparently been trying to land at the Fox Glacier airstrip.

The pilot was briefly trapped, while the two passengers scrambled out of the wreckage.

One person is in a serious condition in Christchurch Hospital, while a second survivor is in a comfortable and stable condition.

A third person was released from Greymouth Hospital on Sunday.

The Fox Glacier township was without electricity for much of the day after the crash took out the top of a power pole and one key line. Electricity was restored about 9.45pm on Friday.

A Civil Aviation Authority investigation was due to begin on Saturday.

Emergency landing at Palmerston North

A small plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Palmerston North airport on Friday night.

Three people were on board but no one was injured. The plane was forced to land because of problems with the landing gear about 8.20pm, police say.