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Spitfire crashes at Ardmore Aerodrome.

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The pilot walked away unhurt from his WWII Spitfire when it crashed just before noon today at Ardmore Airport in Papakura.

The crashed Spirfire is one of the two working in New Zealand. The aircraft is currently sitting in a nose forward position with a broken propeller.

Emergency services are in attendance and are working with local airport authorities to move the aircraft away from the active runway.

An eye witness to the crash said wind shear might have been a contributing factor to the crash as current conditions were deteriorating.

This rare aircraft was imported to New Zealand by Doug Brooker and is painted to represent the Spitfire flown by American Major Robert Levine of the 4th Fighter Squadron in the Middle East during WWII.

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