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Two dead in Gisborne plane crash named

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/12/2016

Police have named the two men who died in a plane crash near Gisborne on Monday that led to an electricity blackout for thousands of nearby residents.

The two men, both from Gisborne, were 37-year-old George Peter Anderson, who was piloting the plane, and his 49-year-old passenger Robert Solouota.

The crash is being investigated by the Civil Aviation Authority.

Both men died when the aircraft struck high-voltage powerlines in the rural area of Hangaroa about 9am on Monday and crashed about 2.5km further on.

The crash led to a 33-hour electricity outage that affected most of the district's 40,000 residents.

Andrew Hogarth, managing director of Farmers Air which owns the plane, said in a statement at the time the pair were an experienced pilot and loader driver.

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