Skydiving Trip Ends in Tragedy

Saturday, September 4, 2010
By George Hatcher

What: Skydive New Zealand Fletcher FU-24-954 fixed-wing plane at Fox Glacier Airport
Where: New Zealand’s South Island
When: Sept 4 2010 1.15 p.m.
Who: 8 passengers and pilot
Why: Light aircraft which was taking off for tandem skydiving crashed just after takeoff near the airstrip. The plane burst into flames on impact. The pilot and four men from Fox Glacier and four tourists from Ireland, England, Germany and Australia were aboard. The wreckage was covered by a large tarp, awaiting investigators.

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