Very sad news emerging that there were five of the seven people on board the Air New Zealand A320 which crashed in the Mediterranean today were Kiwis. The plane was being operated by the German XL Airways who had leased it for the last two years.
By coincidence it is 29 years to the day since the Erebus crash.
The dead Kiwis (the authorities say no survivors are expected) are an Air NZ pilot, three engineers and a CAA Inspector.
It seems the air craft just fell out of the sky and dropped 300 metres out of the sjy into the sea, and sank to 45 metres.
My thoughts and condolences go out to Air NZ and CAA staff, plus friends and families of the five Kiwis. Also to the families of the German pilots who also perished.Tags: Air New Zealand, RIP