Two dead in plane crash near Gisborne in New Zealand

About 40,000 people have been affected by the power outage in the Gisborne District.

Two dead in plane crash near Gisborne in New Zealand

Two men are dead and thousands of households and business firms are without power after a plane crashed south-west of Gisborne, New Zealand.

A small aircraft P750 which was owned by Farmers Air crashed in the rural area of Hangaroa.

"We have notified the Civil Aviation Authority who will do a full investigation of the accident, so it is inappropriate for the company to comment on the cause," Farmers Air chief pilot Andrew Hogarth said in a statement.


Aviation New Zealand said Farmers Air was a long-standing and credible member of the agricultural aviation industry.

About 40,000 people in the area are without power and it could stay off until late tomorrow.

Civil Defence is providing electricity to the parts of Gisborne and they are circulating the messages to be prepared without water supply and electricity.