Police are now able to confirm the identity of the pilot as 56 year old, Peter William Robb.
Whanganui Police Senior Sergeant Paul Baskett says “Police are continuing to support Mr Robb’s family through this very difficult time.”
“Later today we will hand the site over to the Civil Aviation Authority to begin their scene examination.”
We will also be providing them with the information we have collected from our initial enquiries as they begin the investigation to determine the cause of the crash said Mr Baskett
Police have also now referred this incident to the coroner.
The road will remain closed and the area cordoned until the site is able to be cleared some time tomorrow.
Issued by Mere Wilson Tuala-Fata, Senior Media Advisor, PNHQ.