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Light plane crash drama on NZ election night
www.chinaview.cn 2005-09-17 18:54:43

    WELLINGTON, Sept. 17 (Xinhuanet) -- A New Zealand pilot threatening to hit a light plane to the Sky Tower in Auckland crashed the flight into sea Saturday night and was rescued and taken to hospital.

    The incident had been a scare on the general election day and made the police evacuate the highest building of New Zealand.

    Auckland police said in a statement that the man was believed to be the only occupant in the plane which crashed 50m off Kohimarama Beach in the city's eastern suburbs at about 9.50 p.m.

    The man was taken to Auckland Hospital by ambulance, where he is believed to be in a serious but not critical condition.

    Police said the plane was stolen two hours earlier from an airport nearby.

    The vote counting had not been disturbed and the preliminary results indicated the ruling Labor Party has seized the priority of forming the next Government by a marginal lead. Enditem

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