A 21-year old student pilot is said to have died in the light plane crash on Thursday, November 21, near Christchurch.
Auckland Tamil Association and Canterbury Indian Tamil Association revealed on Facebook that the pilot died in the incident was from the state of Chennai in India.
Police has not released the name of the deceased officially.
As per police media update, a light plane crashed into Lake Ellesmere on the night of Thursday, November 21. The sole occupant of the aircraft was found deceased.
"A Cessna 172 aircraft belonging to Canterbury Aero Club was found crashed on Thursday evening in the dry lake bed of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere near Motukarara, south of Christchurch," Stuff reported.
Police worked with Maritime NZ's Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) to locate the plane late last night.
Christchurch rescue helicopter was dispatched, and the plane was located crashed about 11.20 p.m. by ground search teams.
More to come.