Wreckage of missing plane found, 2 dead

The wreckage of a missing aircraft has been found in the northern Tararua Ranges.

The light plane disappeared on Sunday while flying between Foxton and Paraparaumu.

Two people, believed to be on a training flight, were on the plane. 

Police on Monday confirmed both occupants, both men, had died in the crash.

The aircraft was reported overdue around 8:30pm yesterday and was last detected on the eastern side of the Tararua Ranges, high in the mountains west of Eketahuna.

The wreckage was found around 7:30am on Monday.

"Police’s thoughts are with the families of the two men involved at this tragic time," a spokesperson said.

The Civil Aviation Authority will investigate the crash.