Coromandel town mourning death of much-loved identity and aviation buff Jim Evans

The person killed in a plane crash on the Coromandel Peninsula has been described as a dedicated man, who loved passing on his aviation knowledge to the younger generation.

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Mr Evans loved passed his knowledge of aviation onto the younger generation. Source: 1 NEWS

Jim Evans, 78, was a identity in the township of Whitianga, who had been running a programme teaching students how to build small aircraft since 2012.

He was flying one of those planes he loved - a two-seater RV 12 - when he crashed in the rugged Kakatarahae area.

The wreckage was found on Saturday morning. 

"He lived for his aeroplanes and everything to do with aeroplanes, and he was very dedicated with getting the kids involved with aeroplanes and that was a big dream," friend Tony Turner said.