Crash closes Nelson Airport

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A small aircraft crashed onto the Nelson Airport runway at around 1.20 pm today.

The incident has closed the Nelson Airport, no flights will be taking off until the runway is cleared.

Chief Executive Officer, Robert Evans says the male pilot was performing a training flight before the aircraft crashed.

“It’s just a small single engine aircraft belonging to Pacific Pilot Training, there are no injuries at this stage, the guy walked away and we’re just waiting for CAA approval to remove the craft. It shouldn’t be too long before flights continue.”

Tasman District Police Sergeant Steve Savage says police are currently at the incident.

“It sounds like more of a rough landing classified as a crash, they have had some difficulties and just landed rough.”