All on New Zealand plane parachute to safety before crash

January 7, 2015 7:56 AM

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Thirteen people on board a skydiving plane, including the pilot, parachuted to safety in New Zealand on Wednesday moments before the aircraft crashed into a lake.

Witnesses saw a steady stream of people jumping from the plane, which authorities said experienced mechanical failure on its way to Lake Taupo, 280 km (175 miles) south of Auckland, for skydiving.

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