Emergency services at scene of small plane crash near Waimakariri, Canterbury

Two passengers have been injured after a light aircraft crashed near Canterbury’s Glentui.

The first photo from the scene shows the aircraft landed nose-first, with the cabin crushed on impact.

Emergency services are at the scene after first receiving reports that an aircraft crashed near Rakahuri Rd at 11.35am.

A St John’s spokesman said both patients were initially treated for serious injuries, and one was being flown by helicopter to Christchurch Hospital.

He was unable to confirm if they were the only passengers.

Police at the scene say two men, although one suffering serious injuries, have had a lucky escape.

The white light-aircraft has crash-landed nose-first in a farmer’s paddock near Glentui.

“The reason for the crash is unknown at this stage but it appears they have been flying at low level and have clipped powerlines and ended up crashing in a farm paddock,” said acting Senior Sergeant Rob Irvine.

Two men, one with moderate and one with serious injuries, have been taken to Christchurch Hospital – one by helicopter, one by ambulance.

CAA is investigating and will take the lead.

“They are very lucky,” Irvine said.

“From what we can see here, but luckily it looks like a low-speed crash at low-level.”

Ambulance, fire, and police all attended the scene.

MainPower, the local lines company, was also at the scene.

More to come


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