New Zealand Man Decapitated by Homemade Hovercraft

A New Zealand man was decapitated in front of his family while taking a home-made hovercraft on a test run, according to reports Wednesday.

Police said the 40-year-old, whose name has not been released, died instantly when he was struck by a propeller blade while using the hovercraft at Muriwai beach, west of Auckland, on Sunday, the New Zealand Herald reported.

The newspaper said it was the first time the man had driven the hovercraft, which he had assembled from a kit.

Police plan to interview members of the man's family about the death.

"Some of them were present on the beach," police sergeant Colin Nuttall told Fairfax Media.

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An engineer was examining the remains of the hovercraft and the death was referred to the coroner.

Nuttall told the Herald that New Zealand did not have regulations covering recreational hovercrafts, provided they were not used on roads.