Plane Crashes In New Zealand, Killing 2 Aboard

Published January 23, 2012 1:45AM (EST)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A small plane has crashed in a New Zealand park, killing both people aboard.

Authorities say the two-seater Yak aircraft fell into a playing field Monday in the town of Feilding on the country's North Island.

Police spokeswoman Kim Perks says the plane left from an airfield a few miles (kilometers) from the crash site and was flying for about 25 minutes before it went down. Perks says witnesses saw the private plane performing acrobatics before the crash.

Perks says the two men believed to have been aboard are widely known in the region. Authorities are not releasing their names pending notification of their next of kin.

Investigators were traveling to the scene of the crash.

By Salon Staff

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