19 Aug 2015

Light plane avoids engine failure crash in Ashburton

3:33 pm on 19 August 2015

A light plane has landed safely after suffering engine failure in South Canterbury this afternoon.

The police said the pilot had to make the emergency landing shortly after take-off from Ashburton Airport.

The experienced pilot, who was the only person in the plane, was not harmed.

The incident has been referred to the Civil Aviation Authority.