Two Qantas pilots injured in fatal vintage plane crash in South Africa | World news


Two Qantas pilots are in hospital with “serious injuries” and two people have been killed after a vintage plane crashed while taking off from an airport in South Africa.

The 64-year-old aircraft faltered soon after takeoff from Pretoria’s Wonderboom airport on Tuesday afternoon, and crashed into a nearby factory.

One passenger on board, South African flight engineer Chris Barnard, was killed and a factory worker later died in hospital.

Three others were taken to hospital, including the Qantas pilots, Douglas Haywood and Ross Kelly, who had both flown for Qantas for over 30 years and had a combined 37,000 hours of flying experience. A Qantas spokesman said it was unclear whether they were piloting the plane at the time.

The plane, a 1954 era Convair CV-340, was being flown on a test…

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