Briton killed in NZ air crash named
A British tourist killed after a skydiving plane crashed in a ball of flames in New Zealand has been named.
Brad Coker, 24, from Farnborough, Hampshire, was among nine people who died when the light aircraft crashed at the end of the runway at Fox Glacier Airport on South Island, New Zealand Police said.
The other dead included the pilot and four skydiving instructors, all from New Zealand, and tourists from Germany and Australia. The ninth fatality, an Irishman from County Wexford, was confirmed as 26-year-old Patrick Byrne.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We have been offering consular assistance to his family to help them get through this extremely difficult time."
The aircraft was almost destroyed in the accident which took place at 1.15pm local time on Friday.
One resident told the New Zealand Herald: "It was like a fireball and then there was big puffs of smoke going up... (The plane) was engulfed in flames immediately. No-one could have survived that."
It is believed the plane was taking the foreigners up to take part in a tandem skydive.
Police said the aircraft was a Fletcher fixed-wing plane, which is popular for skydiving and scenic flights over the well-known adventure sports area.
Fox Glacier is a popular tourist spot in New Zealand's Southern Alps, about 90 miles from Christchurch. The fatal crash was the third in the region in the past 17 years.
In 1994 seven people were killed in a helicopter crash in the mountains near the glacier. And the year before nine people died in a plane crash at nearby Franz Josef Glacier.