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Fishing boat hauls in plane with body

Published:Friday | August 8, 2014 | 12:00 AM
The wreckage of a plane is hauled onto a boat off the southern point of Great Barrier Island near Auckland, New Zealand, yesterday.


The crew aboard a New Zealand fishing boat yesterday hauled up a surprising and gruesome catch: a small plane with a body inside.

Authorities suspect the plane is a 19-foot (5.7 metre) aerobatic biplane that was home-assembled from a kit and flown by missing Auckland pilot Daroish Kraidy.

The crew of the San Kawhai was trawling for fish when they brought up the wreckage in the boat's nets at about 10 a.m., said Trish Sherson, a spokeswoman for fishing company Sanford.

The wreckage was later hoisted aboard a police boat which late yesterday was headed back to Auckland. Police said the plane was severely damaged and that a detailed inspection of it will be carried out today by officials that include a victim identification expert.

Typically, trawl nets are dragged in a wide arc along the ocean floor to ensnare fish. Buoyancy can make it easier to lift heavy objects in the water than on land.

The 61-foot (18.5 metre) fishing vessel is one of Sanford's smaller boats and typically catches tarakihi, orange roughy and other fish that live near the coast.

Kraidy's Acro Sport plane is the only plane listed as missing by New Zealand's Civil Aviation Authority. Authority spokesman Mike Richards said the Acro is relatively lightweight and is made with a metal and wood frame that's covered by fabric.