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Two pilots, 20 and 66, killed when light planes crash near Masterton

News from NZ Police
Police can now release the names of the men who died following the crash involving two light aircraft near Hughes Line in Masterton on Sunday.

They were 20-year-old Joshua Christensen and 66-year-old Craig McBride, both of Masterton.

“Police are continuing to investigate this tragic incident on behalf of the Coroner, in conjunction with the Civil Aviation Authority and the Transport Accident Investigation Commission,” says Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Haley Ryan. “We extend our sympathies to Mr Christensen’s and Mr McBride’s family and friends.”

Wellington.Scoop – June 16
There’s been a mid-air crash involving two light aircraft flying in uncontrolled air space near the Hood Aerodrome in Masterton. The two pilots have been killed.

One of the planes belonged to Skydive Wellington, and the other was associated with the Wairarapa Aero Club.

The DomPost quotes two local people describing how they saw the planes collide near Hughes Line. Graham Pearce said: “There was a hell of a bang and then they fell apart and came spiralling down.”

Police were called about 11.15am after reports of the crash.

A Fire Service spokesperson said the planes were on fire after they crashed.

Police said roads near the crash had been closed and diversions were in place.

The Civil Aviation Authority has been advised.

News from Masterton District Council
Hood Aerodrome, owned and operated by the Masterton District Council, is supporting police and emergency services following the aircraft crash near Masterton this morning.

“Any information regarding details of the incident will be provided by the police,” Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson said. “We have a close-knit community at Hood Aerodrome and the incident has understandably rocked that community.”

The organisations involved are also assisting police and the Civil Aviation Authority with the investigation.