30 Jan 2009

Plane crash sparks large fire in Canterbury

5:07 pm on 30 January 2009

Fire crews are dampening down a large tussock fire caused by a light plane crash at Banks Peninsula near Christchurch.

The blaze started when the four-seater Cherokee crashed into a paddock on Kaitorete Spit after clipping a power line about 11am on Friday.

The aircraft is owned by the Canterbury Aero Club and the two occupants, a student pilot and an instructor, escaped unharmed.

The Fire Service says the fire covered one square kilometre but no buildings are in danger.

However, four properties are without power.