A New Zealand Defence Force spokesperson has confirmed that an engine problem with the lead Air Trainer (Red Checkers 1) required it to make a forced landing North of Waiouru at 1620 (approx) today (27 Jan).
The aircraft was flying from Ohakea Air Base in the Manawatu, and was enroute to Tauranga for the Tauranga Air Show.
The aircraft sustained some damage but there was no reported injury to the pilot, who was the only person on board.
The site is being secured and the incident is under investigation .
As a precaution the Red Checkers will not be flying this weekend.