Light plane crash-lands at Christchurch Airport due to mechanical failure

A plane has crash landed on its belly at Christchurch Airport after a mechanical failure.

Christchurch light plane crash. Source: 1 NEWS

A spokesperson for Christchurch Airport says the two people on board are "both safe" after the incident, which happened at 12.20pm.

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The plane landed on its belly after its wheels failed to lower. Source: 1 NEWS

"There has been an incident at Christchurch Airport where a light aircraft had a mechanical issue and landed with its wheels up, just south of the intersection of the two airport runways," the spokesperson said.

"The airport remained open and continued to operate, with only one trans-Tasman aircraft diverted but about to return to Christchurch."

Earlier images from the airport showed a light aircraft on the runway with emergency vehicles nearby, however it has now been removed and transported to nearby secure storage.