16 Mar 2015

Four bodies recovered from crashed plane

8:07 pm on 16 March 2015

Police have recovered four bodies from a Cessna aircraft after wreckage was found in rough terrain near Wanaka today.

They received a call from a helicopter pilot who spotted the wreckage of the Cessna on a rock bluff, near the Motatapu River around midday.

Police inspector Olaf Jensen said the location where the plane crashed was hard to get to.

"It's obviously in a remote mountainous terrain, that's in a bluff area where the crash has occurred so it's quite trying conditions where the rescue teams are working."

Mr Jensen said the plane crashed on a rock face.

He said the bodies had been removed and taken to Wanaka, where a formal identification process would be initiated.