Paraponter's companion among 'numerous eye-witnesses' to fatal plunge into Queenstown school

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The Civil Aviation Authority will tomorrow send two safety investigators from Wellington to the scene of a fatal paraponting crash in Queenstown this morning.

The paraponter crashed in Queenstown while two men were injured in the Hokitika microlight crash.
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CAA says initial reports indicate the canopy collapsed and the pilot was tangled up with some cords. 

He lost control, fell through trees and hit the roof on a prefabricated school building, said CAA spokesman Mike Richards. 

It happened at Queenstown Primary School at about 10.10am when people were at the school setting up for a Night Noodle Market, according to The New Zealand Herald. 

The paraponter was dead when ambulance officers arrived, a St John spokesman confirmed to NZ Newswire.

There are numerous eye-witnesses including a companion who was underataking the same activity, Mr Richards said in a statement this afternoon. 

He said CAA safety investigators will conduct interviews with witnesses tomorrow and review police reports including photographs taken at the scene. 

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