New Zealand skydivers leap out as plane crashes
WELLINGTON, New Zealand: All 13 people aboard a New Zealand skydiving plane that suffered an apparent engine failure on Wednesday managed to leap out in parachutes moments before the plane plunged into a lake, authorities said.
Police spokeswoman Kim Perks said there were six passengers, six crew members and a pilot aboard and all of them landed safely and without significant injuries.
Roy Clements, the chief executive of plane operator Skydive Taupo, said the passengers were all overseas tourists who had each been assigned an instructor for a tandem dive at planned heights of 12,000 feet for some and 15,000 feet for others.
But soon after the plane took off, something went wrong at an altitude of about 2,000 feet, he said.