Feilding Herald : January 26th 2012
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Ralph Saxe, 51, of Palmerston North and Brett Ireland, 50, for- merly of Manawatu but lately a resident of Queensland, Australia, took off together in a small private plane from the Feilding Aerodrome at about 10:20 am, police investigators said. They were in the air for about 25 minutes before the plane crashed in Timona Park. Bruce Brownlie, president of the Feilding Aerodrome, said he watched the early moments of their flight on that fateful morning. Ralph and his passenger tootled past within 10 metres of me. They were both smiling and waving, and I waved at them, Mr Brownlie said. I didn t know that I was waving goodbye. Mr Brownlie described Dr Saxe as an experienced and skilled pilot who d grown up in a flying family and had lately been training with an expert to develop his aerial acro- batics skills. He said Dr Saxe strictly observed safety precautions such as running preflight checks. I had no hesitation in flying with him or in him flying aircraft that I owned, Mr Brownlie said. Dr Saxe was a fixture at the Aero- drome, Mr Brownlie said. He d built a private hangar for his several planes, one of which he used to travel to treat clients at clinics in other regions. His work earned him the nickname Dr Botox around the airfield. Dr Saxe dubbed his hangar the Toy Store -- a testament, Mr Brownlie said, to the joy he took in the pastime. He worked hard in his life and it allowed him to do what he loved, which was flying, Brownlie said. Dr Ireland previously owned a chiropractic business in Feilding and Palmerston North, but had been living in Australia since 2002. He and his wife Janine had returned to Palmerston North for the wedding of a friend s daughter. Dr Ireland was a visionary, a leader in chiropractic care and one of the founding members of the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. The chiropractic community in New Zea- land and Australia are reeling from this tragic loss, a statement from the family said. The plane involved in the crash was a Yak-52, an aircraft often used for aerial acrobatics and which Mr Brownlie said was owned by Dr Saxe. A Civil Aviation Authority inves- tigation into the crash is ongoing. Iwi spokesman Dennis Emery said a karakia ceremony was con- ducted on Tuesday morning to bless the crash site. The prayer ceremony is performed to spiritually cleanse a place where a death has occurred. We do that because the park is used by many of our Maori people, and by the community, Mr Emery said. Power cut to 1300 houses Feilding s early risers found them- selves in the dark on Monday morn- ing when sparks from a mal- functioning electrical transformer led to power outages in hundreds of area homes. Electricity was cut to about 1300 houses at 5.05am after reports of a transformer fire in Denbigh St, according to Powerco Network operations manager Phil Marsh. The problem turned out to be sparks flying from a terminal box, which had ignited a nearby fence, fire station officer Glenn Davies said. The fire charred and melted the plaster-style fence, but did no serious damage. Most households saw their electri- cal service restored by 6am, Mr Marsh said. But 84 homes remained without power until midday as the malfunctioning electrical equipment was replaced. One of the best' By MEGAN MILLER and BOBBIE NICHOLLS Boomer: $20,000 of fireworks lit the sky above Feilding on Monday night. Photo: SANDRA CROSBIE About 12,000 people turned out for Monday s Manawatu Family Fireworks Spectacular, a sparkling event that Feilding Promotion manager Helen Worboys called one of the best so far . They (Kairanga Lions) had imported some new fireworks, and they were spectacular, Worboys said. Really, the whole night, the whole programme, was spectacular. The 20-minute fireworks display cost more than $20,000, she said. Previous fireworks shows drew crowds of 15,000 to 20,000 people, but Worboys said organisers had expected a drop in attendance at this year s event, which was postponed several times because of bad weather. She thanked everyone who helped with the event, particularly emergency services staff, who worked a long day at the scene of Monday s fatal airplane crash but still turned out to help. It was another community effort. What Feilding does best, Worboys said. After forecast winds, the night turned out to be perfect, still and mild, although warm jackets were a requisite for those not sitting near the huge bonfire. Mrs Worboys said there were problems involved in holding the fireworks spectacular on a public holiday because staff and emergency services were paid extra. Manfeild staff were not available so the bonfire was built by local farmers, she said. It was well built and took about an hour to burn down, certainly warming the air and providing a spectacular background to displays from marching groups. The most popular displays were those of the Red Checkers flying team and the RNZAF Iroquois helicopter crew who gave a sample of what can be expected at the 75th anniversary events at Ohakea on March 31. A minute s silence was called in memory of the two Manawatu men who had lost their lives earlier in the day in a plane crash at Timona Park, an event which was also acknowledged by the Red Checkers leader. Manawatu s musical talent was showcased on a sound stage behind the Manfeild garages. Sideshows continued to entertain mainly teens after most of the families left, about 10pm.
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