A light plane has crashed into a helecopter in the Paraparaumu, Kapati area.
there are 2 dead from the helicopter, which has crashed thru the roof of Placemakers.
The pilot from the plane is in a critical condition.
The plane has crashed into a culvert on Dennis Taylor Ct. Just meters away from the runway at the Paraparaumu Aerodrome.
UPDATE: 12:30 - the pilot of the plane has been transported to Wellington hospital via Wespac Rescue helicopter.
UPDATE: 3:00pm - photos - http://stuff.co.nz/4404910a10.html
UPDATE: 6:00pm - The pilot from the light aircraft died from injuries sustained in the crash.
UPDATE: - From stuff.co.nz:
"LATEST: One of the three men killed in this morning's mid-air crash between a helicopter and a plane was experienced rescue chopper pilot Dave Fielding, the Square Trust says. "
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Comment by KiwiOverseas66, on 17-Feb-2008 20:35
I was shocked to read about it this morning online. When our family is home in NZ, we live on Paekakariki Hill Rd (and I've done many a visit to that placemakers store). I also use to know that guy that managed helipro operations in the Wellington area. What a tragedy.