Plane crash survivor transferred to Christchurch Hospital

  • 26/08/2015
The pair, aged in their 50s, were spotted sitting near their wrecked Zenith 601XL aircraft
The pair, aged in their 50s, were spotted sitting near their wrecked Zenith 601XL aircraft

The passenger in a plane that crashed in rugged Taranaki back country remains in a stable condition but will be transferred to Christchurch Hospital.

Anne Warner, of Waitara, and her husband Alan, made headlines on Monday when they were found alive and relatively unscathed 15 hours after crash-landing their light plane in remote hilly bush.

The pair, aged in their 50s, were spotted sitting near their wrecked Zenith 601XL aircraft which was upside-down in a creek bed about 8km west of Whangamomona.

They had been en route from Whitianga in the Coromandel to Stratford in Taranaki on Sunday afternoon when they hit bad weather and crashed.

The Warners were winched to safety and taken to Taranaki Base Hospital with moderate injuries.

Mr Warner, the plane's pilot, was discharged on Monday.

The eldest son of the couple, Adam, confirmed his mother, who had chest and back injuries, would be transferred.

"Mum remains in a stable condition and is comfortable but requires further treatment for her injuries down in Christchurch," he said in a statement.

NZN