SIA pilot pleads guilty to causing New Zealand car crash

SIA pilot pleads guilty to causing New Zealand car crash

A Singapore Airlines (SIA) pilot has been charged with two counts of "reckless driving causing injury" in New Zealand over an accident in that left two of his colleagues seriously injured.

Benjamin Wu, 32, pleaded guilty to both charges at Christchurch District Court on Friday, the New Zealand Herald reported.

The suspect was behind the wheel of a Toyota car with four other SIA crew members when their vehicle crashed into a four-wheel drive towing a horse float, at an intersection near the town of Rolleston at 10.40am local time on Wednesday.

Chief steward Chew Weng Wai is still in a critical condition with brain injuries while stewardess Vanessa Coehlo is in a stable condition following surgery at Christchurch Hospital.

The other two passengers were unhurt and have since returned home, The New Zealand Herald quoted police as saying.

The other driver and the horse that was being towed were also uninjured, according to earlier reports.

The SIA staff had arrived in Christchurch from Singapore on Tuesday morning on Flight SQ297.

huizhen@sph.com.sg

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