Searchers have still not found the two men on board a crashed freight plane which went down on the Kapiti Coast last night.
Three boats, a Westpac rescue helicopter and a fixed wing aircraft are this morning searching for Barry Cowley (note correction to earlier report) aged 57, of Kaiapoi, Christchurch who was piloting the Convair Parcel Line Express aircraft and his colleague Paul Miller, 50, an Auckland but recently based in Christchurch.
Wreckage from the plane has been found near Peka Peka Beach and in the water between Paraparaumu Beach and Peka Peka. Parcels and courier bags are also being washed up on the beaches.
Thirty police and civilian search and rescue staff along with 14 4WD vehicles from local clubs are combing the shorelines and coastal properties.