The crash happened near Hood Aerodrome in Masterton. - Photo: RNZ / Kate Gudsell
Two people are dead after two light planes crashed in Masterton this morning.
Emergency services were called to the scene, near the Hood Aerodrome, about 11.15am with reports of the incident near Hughes Line in Masterton.
Emergency services are responding and are expected to remain at the scene for some time.
Fire spokesperson Carlos Dempsey said the initial reports painted a dramatic picture.
"Our caller indicated two aircraft had hit one another - she was obviously quite upset - but provided really good information onto the location of the accident site," he said.
Earlier a Fire Service spokesperson said the planes were on fire, but it had now been put out.
The Hood Aerodrome is owned by the Masterton District Council.
In a release, the council said it was supporting the police and emergency services.
The Mayor, Lyn Patterson, said the local community has been left shaken by the incident.
An investigation is underway by the police and Civil Aviation Authority.