A Christchurch woman pilot is being hailed a hero in Australia for safely landing a plane carrying five tourists after its engines cut out on approaching Darwin Airport.
Nikola Labes, 29, was forced to land on a beach just south of Darwin on Sunday.
She was piloting a Cessna which had just completed a charter flight over the Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory.
Ms Labes' manager told a local newspaper she was a hero for keeping a cool head in the emergency.
The New Zealander does not want to be interviewed.