British man dies in NZ plane crash
Published 24/03/2014 | 02:37
A British man and a New Zealand man have died after their small plane crashed in New Zealand.
Police said 46-year-old Christopher Howell, of Britain, and Christopher Rawlings, 48, of Clive, New Zealand, died yesterday when the Piper Tomahawk plane they were flying crashed in a riverbed near the North Island town of Hastings.
Police say Mr Howell was at the controls at the time of the crash. They say he was intending to obtain a New Zealand pilot licence.
It is not clear what caused the crash and the country's Civil Aviation Authority is investigating.
The plane was owned by a local aviation club.