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Under investigation

The 43-year-old pilot of this Farmers Air Pacific Aerospace 750XL Cresco aircraft that crashed near Tiniroto on Saturday remains stable in a general ward in Gisborne Hospital.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) confirmed the aircraft crashed on take-off from a farm airstrip.

“We have a good understanding of what happened and why,” a CAA spokesman said.

“We can advise the contributing factors in the crash are confined to this accident and do not affect the wider aviation system.”

The spokesman said the CAA would not make further comment until its investigation had been completed.

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