2 Apr 2017

Fatal microlight crash: flying conditions good

6:16 pm on 2 April 2017

A man and woman who died in a microlight crash in the Clutha district left in good weather conditions, the Civil Aviation Authority says.

A Rans S6 microlight, the model that crashed this morning in Otago.

A Rans S6 microlight - the model that crashed this morning in Otago. Photo: Wikipedia

The authority is investigating the crash that happened at Kaka Point about 10am this morning.

It said the pair flew out of the Balclutha aerodrome in good flying conditions in a Rans S6 microlight.

It said the microlight then crashed on a farm but there were no witnesses.

The wreckage was found by the son of the farm owner, who then alerted the Rescue Coordination Centre.

A Civil Aviation Authority spokesman said a police photographic unit would be sent to the scene.

"[The Civil Aviation Authority] will be sending an investigator in charge plus two support investigators to the scene tomorrow."

The police are contacting the pair's families.

A local flying instructor said he understood the pair were a couple and bought the microlight off the Otago Aero Club.

The Otago Aero Club did not wish to comment.