21 Jan 2009

NZ inquiry to be held into fatal Airbus crash

5:39 pm on 21 January 2009

The Acting Chief Coroner will hold an inquiry into the deaths of four of the men killed in the crash of an Air New Zealand Airbus A320 off the coast of France.

Although the crash happened in French territory, Coroner Gordon Matenga says he will hold a separate one in New Zealand because it is a matter of public interest and concern.

The bodies of Captain Brian Horrell, Noel Marsh, Michael Gyles and Jeremy Cook were returned on Tuesday to Auckland, where a memorial service was held. They were airline personnel.

The body of a fifth New Zealander, Murray White, from the Civil Aviation Authority, is still missing.

Two Germans, the pilots, also died in the crash on 27 November.