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Plane Crash Lands Through Northland Farmer's Fence
May 03, 2017

Keith Davidson says a few cars have crashed through the fence of his family farm.

But Friday was the first time a plane had done it.

A man and woman walked away with minor injuries after crash landing in Mr Davidson's Pouto Rd paddock when their two-seater Zenair plane developed engine trouble not far from Dargaville.

Mr Davidson, who has lived on the farm his entire life, was moving the digger up one of the farm's driveways when he came around a corner and saw a man and woman climbing out of the plane which had crashed through a fence about 10am yesterday.

"I didn't hear anything over the noise of the digger. They were heading straight towards that pine tree. When you see where they landed they must have hit pretty hard.

"I thought 'oh no' [but] I could see they were getting out fortunately," he said.

Dargaville Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer Jeffrey Palmer said a perfect landing meant the pair escaped relatively unscathed.

He said if the pilot had gone a couple of hundred metres further he would've landed in a flat paddock but he just happened to hit a hilly paddock, then a fence post.

Mr Davidson said he stopped the digger at the top of the hill and walked down to check the couple were okay.

He said the man had a "pretty sore back" and the woman had a cut on her head. They were both taken to Dargaville Hospital by ambulance.