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Sunday, 20 January, 2002, 12:02 GMT
Prayers for plane crash couple
crash scene
The bodies have been taken from the aircraft
Prayers are being said in a Scottish coastal village for a British couple who died when their sightseeing plane crashed in New Zealand.

Gordon Ross, 34, and his wife Angela, 29, from Shandwick, Ross-shire, were killed when the Cessna 207 crashed into the forest-covered Fiordland district of south-western New Zealand on Saturday.

Four other people, including the experienced pilot, died in the crash.

There will be prayers said for the couple's parents and family

The Rev Douglas Horne, minister at Tain
The small community of Shandwick were left shocked by the tragedy.

Mr and Mrs Ross, who were married last year, were understood to have been mixing a business trip with a visit to Mrs Ross's parents, who live in New Zealand.

The parishes of Tain and nearby Fearn Abbey will remember the couple in their prayers at all services on Sunday.

The Rev Douglas Horne, the Church of Scotland minister at Tain, said: "They lived eight miles from this parish. It is a tragic accident which will be in our thoughts at today's service.

Scenic flight

"There will be prayers said for the couple's parents and family."

Meanwhile, investigators have been searching the crash for clues to how the plane came down.

The Air Fiordland plane carrying Mr and Mrs Ross, two Canadian tourists, a New Zealand student teacher and the pilot, was on a scenic flight from Te Anau to Milford Sound.

Police said the victims' bodies had been removed from the crash site and post-mortem examinations would follow.

The fatal crash was the second to hit Air Fiordland. On 30 December, 1989, two Cessna 207s, each carrying a pilot and six Japanese tourists, collided over Milford Sound.

One aircraft landed safely but the other, operated by Air Fiordland, plunged into the sound, killing all seven on board.

Experienced pilot

Air company owner Russell Baker said of Saturday's crash: "I have no idea what could have gone wrong. It was a clear day with beautiful skies. (The pilot) was an experienced pilot and highly skilled and I can't even think what could have happened."

A Te Anau police spokeswoman identified the two New Zealanders as the plane's 25-year-old pilot, Andrew Robins of Queenstown, and Christchurch student teacher Wayde Clarke, 21.

Police in the tourist centre of Te Anau were working with Canadian authorities to advise relatives of the identity of the two Canadian tourists.

Milford Sound, a crystal-clear fjord about 466 miles south of the capital, Wellington, draws tourists from around the world.

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