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The pilot of a German World War II fighter plane has been injured when making an emergency landing in a paddock south of Levin.

The plane was forced to land on farmland just south of Levin near Denton Road about 2.30pm on Friday, Sergeant Peter Theobald told NZ Newswire.

The pilot had a head injury, which was minor to moderate, he said.

A St John Ambulance spokeswoman said a man was flown by helicopter to Wellington Hospital.

The plane is a Focke-Wulf 190 warplane and originally took off from Levin, TV3 reported.

Paraparaumu Airport on the Kapiti Coast had been put on standby for an emergency landing.