Two Qantas pilots in South African Convair 340 plane crash

Three Australians were on board a vintage Convair 340 that crashed, killing two people, near Pretoria, South Africa, on Tuesday.

Two of the Australians were 30-year veterans of Qantas airline and had flown as A380 captains with a combined 37,000 hours flying experience.

Qantas confirmed one is current pilot and another a retired Qantas pilot. Both are reported to be in a serious condition.

They were identified in media reports as recently retired A380 captain Ross Kelly and Douglas Heywood, from Sydney. Both men are members of Australia’s Historical Aircraft Restoration Society.

“We were deeply upset to learn that two Qantas pilots, one current and one retired, were on board the vintage aircraft involved in an accident in South Africa on Tuesday. They are currently in hospital being treated…

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