Fatal plane crash at Arrowtown golf course

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One man is dead and another two people seriously injured after a light plane crashed on the Arrowtown golf course today (Monday).

Emergency services were called to the Cessna Skyhawk aircraft at 3.15pm, which planted nose-first into a berm by the tee block on the number 7 hole.

The plane was returning from a flight to Invercargill and was due to land at the grass airstrip near the golf course, detective sergeant Brian Cameron says.

The two others passengers on board – a man and a woman – were taken to hospital. Details of their injuries are unknown.

Speaking at the accident site, Cameron says people on the golf course were first on the scene and raised the alarm. They pulled the bodies out of the plane and attempted to resuscitate the dead man. Cameron praised the peoples’ actions.  

Cameron says more details – including the name of the deceased man – will be made available as the investigation progresses. The matter will also be investigated by the Civil Aviation Authority.