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Four bodies recovered from crashed plane

Police have recovered the bodies of all four people onboard a small plane that crashed in a remote area near Wanaka.

Police say the bodies have been taken to Wanaka where a formal identification process will be initiated.

A search and rescue operation was mounted after wreckage of a Cessna 185 fixed wing aircraft was sighted on the side of a bluff in the Motatapu River area near Wanaka.

Police were notified of the downed plane at 12.40pm today by a helicopter pilot who was flying in the area and spotted the wreckage. It's understood to be situated on a precarious rock bluff.

Police say a police search and rescue team was flown to the area this afternoon to examine the wreckage. But the area is remote and has many steep bluffs, so the team had to work to secure the site as best they could.

There had been no reports of planes missing in the area, but there has been low cloud in the area where the crash occurred.

Police have been working to identify the route the plane was flying and to identify the pilot and passengers.

Police were notified of the downed plane at 12.40pm today by a helicopter pilot who was flying in the area. Source: 1 NEWS


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