17 Oct 2011

Inquiry begins into fatal plane crash near golf course

10:27 pm on 17 October 2011

A Tauranga man has been killed and two people injured in a plane crash at a golf course near Arrowtown.

The Civil Aviation Authority is investigating the cause of the crash on Monday.

Police say the plane is believed to have left Invercargill and was attempting to land on a small airstrip next to the course.

The Cessna Skyhawk was carrying three people when it crashed into a gully about 3.30pm.

Ian Sloan, 59, the registered owner of the plane, died at the scene despite attempts by medical staff to resuscitate him.

Police say two passengers - a man in his 30s and a woman in her 60s - are in a stable condition in Dunedin Hospital with moderate injuries.

A coroner has been advised of the death and a post-mortem will be conducted in Dunedin on Tuesday.