Two killed in light plane crash in New Zealand

April 27th, 2008 - 7:11 am ICT by admin  

Wellington, April 27 (DPA) Two people were killed when a home-built light aircraft stalled and crashed at an Air Force base in New Zealand, news reports said Sunday. The plane’s pilot 62-year-old Wayne Matthews died instantly with his sole passenger Brent Baldwin, 46, when the Thorp S-18 crashed Saturday at Whenuapai near Auckland.

Matthews was a retired air force commander who recently set a record for a solo flight around New Zealand.

He was also reported to be vice-president of New Zealand’s Sport Aircraft Association.

Civil aviation officials began an inquiry Sunday into the cause of the accident.

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