Pilot dies in plane crash near Twizel

Lake Pukaki.
Lake Pukaki. Photo credit: Getty.

One person is dead after a light aircraft crashed near Lake Pukaki in the South Island. 

At 4:23pm, police were alerted that the aircraft was overdue and at 5pm, it was reported that it had crashed near the Pukaki spillway's south-east end, east of Twizel.

Police later confirmed the pilot, the plane's sole occupant, had died.

Inquiries into the circumstances of the crash are ongoing.