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Gisborne blackout latest: Power fully restored to thousands

Electricity has been fully restored this evening to Gisborne and the East Coast after a fatal plane crash cut power supply to thousands of people yesterday.

Lines crews have been working flat out since a plane clipped power lines yesterday. Source: 1 NEWS

Transmission company Eastland Network said residents should expect further loss of electricity in the next few days.

"This is required so that final repairs to the lines can be carried out," said General Manager Brent Stewart.

An announcement will be made tomorrow morning regarding this.

"Right now we are delighted to have the power restored, but our thoughts remain with the families of the two men who lost their lives as a result of the plane crash," said Mr Stewart.

A lightning storm forced repair crews to come off the job temporarily overnight. Source: Supplied

Despite Gisborne locals being told to prepare for another night without power earlier today, Mr Stewart said line mechanics have completed repairs to one of the two circuits on the high voltage lines in Hangaroa which provide power to Gisborne District. 

Meng Foon says Gisborne is coping as well as it can after a plane crash plunged the district into darkness. Source: 1 NEWS

Civil Aviation investigators will assess the wreckage today to determine cause of the crash. Source: 1 NEWS

A lightning storm forced repair crews to come off the job temporarily overnight while working to restore power in Gisborne.

Crews work to fix powerlines near Gisborne.
Crews work to fix powerlines near Gisborne. Source: Eastland Group.

Mr Stewart says around 20 specialist repair staff were at the site of the damaged power lines, where they've had to "battle" through poor weather conditions this morning.

Crews work to fix powerlines near Gisborne.
Crews work to fix powerlines near Gisborne. Source: Eastland Group.

The fatal light plane crash yesterday plunged the Gisborne district into a blackout.

Two men died when the top-dressing aircraft they were in struck high voltage powerlines in rural Hangaroa about 9am.