Investigators find black box of crashed New Zealand mail plane

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Thursday, May 5, 2005

region map of Taranaki

Investigators in Tuesday's crash of the Airwork Metroliner airplane recovered the black box and cockpit voice recorder. According to witness reports, the airplane exploded in mid-air and crashed into a Taranaki farmland six kilometres east of Stratford, New Zealand. Both pilots were killed.

The pilots have been named as Clive Roger Adamson (43) of Wellington, and Tony Drummond (41) of Auckland. The aircraft was on a regular mail run from Auckland to Wellington carrying courier post and mail.