Police have named the man who died in a light plane crash at Coromandel Forest Park.

He was 78-year-old James Albert Evans of Whitianga.

In a statement, police said it had been working with RCCNZ and LandSAR to find the plane since Friday after being reported overdue about 4.25pm.

"Our thoughts are with Mr Evans' friends and family at this sad time."

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