Former Fire Service head Mike Hall killed in plane crash

A former Fire Service boss was one of the victims of a plane crash in the lower North Island.

Mike Hall, former head of the New Zealand Fire Service, was the instructor on the flight when it disappeared on Sunday while flying between Foxton and Paraparaumu.

The wreckage was found by an Air Force helicopter on Monday morning in the northern Tararua Ranges near Eketahuna.

Police confirmed to Newshub that Hall was one of the two people killed in the crash. The other was Snapper senior manager Norman Comerford.

"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.