Farmers Air, Airplane Crash Pilot George Anderson, and his loader Bodies recovered
Farmers Air, Airplane Crash Pilot George Anderson, and his loader Bodies recovered The dead bodies of two men killed in an Airplane crash near Wairoa have been recovered and taken to Palmerston North for post mortems. Pilot George Anderson, and his loader, were killed after the topdressing Airplane hit powerlines in rugged terrain northeast of Wairoa, which Pilot Anderson was flying. The crash site is to be visited by investigators from Wellington who have already arrived in Gisborne.
Three investigators from the Civil Aviation Authority are now in Gisborne talking to police about the Airplane crash.
The pilots obviously didn't see the powerlines and the investigation should explain what went wrong. He was waiting to get a report from the authority after the investigation. The Civil Aviation Authority said its initial indications were that the aircraft hit the powerlines and then crashed to the ground 2.5km further on.
The aircraft was burnt out wreck.
The authority said the wreckage was in inhospitable terrain, 33km northeast of Wairoa, and investigators would be lowered from a helicopter to reach the site.
Farmers Air,The Airplane's owner, said it was inappropriate for the company to comment on the cause of the Airplane crash while an investigation was going on.
A close family friend of Mr Anderson's, Peter Jerram, said it was hard to believe such an experienced pilot could have hit powerlines.
He commented that Mr Anderson was a big, strong, larger-than-life man who had flown in Africa and Central America doing Aerial surveying and was devastated by what had happened.
Wairoa Mayor and the locals said the crash was mystifying as both the pilots were experienced.
"Pilots of farm top dressing outfits really know their stuff around Aerials and power lines. It's a real mystery as to why it happened as they have to know what they're doing every second of the job, and these guys are pretty experienced and they don't normally take risks. I really don't know what's gone wrong," he said.
Wairoa had been hit by the news, and while he hadn't heard who the victims were, everyone knew each other in rural communities.
"I'd say most people in the rural community will have had something to do with the pilot or loader operator who was also in the plane, as they know all these guys. It's really hit home this one."
The Airplanecrash had led to powercut to Gisborne, and over 40,000 homes and businesses in the city have to stay without electricity.
Farheen Khursheed Khan [MBA]
Project Manager, AeroSoft Corp