Police confirm two dead after small plane crash in Kaimanawa Ranges last night

Police have recovered the bodies of two men from a plane which crashed last night in the Kaimanawa Ranges.

A Rescue Coordination Centre spokesperson said the plane was due to land at Taupo Airport last night, but didn't arrive.

The plane was located this morning about 11.30am and was registered to Ardmore Flying School in Auckland.

A rescue helicopter was deployed last night but couldn't get to the last known radar location in the Kaimanawa Ranges due to low cloud and drizzle.

It hadn't been able to take off this morning either due to the same conditions.

Two people were reported on board the Diamond DA42 twin engine propeller plane.

A spokesperson for Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) told 1 NEWS a team of three investigators have been appointed to investigate the cause of the crash.

“The two occupants were reported to be qualified flight instructors," they said in a statement.

The team left Wellington this afternoon, headed for the crash site.

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    The aircraft left Palmerston North last night and was found this morning. Source: 1 NEWS