The occupants of a light plane had a lucky escape when it ran off the end of the runway at Waharoa, near Matamata. A light plane has crashed at a Waikato airfield after a bird got in the way as it was trying to take off. The plane ran off the end of the runway after striking a bird at Waharoa airfield, near Matamata, shortly after noon. Inspector Steve Kose of police communications says nobody was injured in the crash. He was unsure how many people were aboard.