There's been an emotional recollection from a former skydive instructor of the moment his company's skydive plane crashed killing all nine on board.
The inquest into the Fox Glacier plane crash is into its second day.
Skydive New Zealand instructor Oliver Mason says they all noticed the aircraft take off far earlier than usual.
He broke down as he told the inquest that he knew something was wrong when it started to fly at a 45 degree angle.
"Then the left wing dropped and then the nose dropped. I remember the noise it made as it dropped - it was like the kamikaze pilots in old war movies. Then the plane impacted with the ground and there was a great big explosion."
Mr Mason says he didn't give a statement straight after the crash as he felt the police had enough information to go on.
But he said after hearing rumours around the town he went to clarify what happened with investigators.
"And was concerned because lots of what I heard was completely wrong."
Mr Mason says the investigators' apparent disinterest in what he had to say, made him feel "bloody angry" as a witness to the crash.
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