Australian pilots seriously injured in South African plane crash By Rachel Clun Sydney Morning Herald 12 July 2018 â€” 7:34am
Two people have died and three Australians, including the two experienced pilots, have been injured in a plane crash in South Africa. Ross Kelly and Douglas Haywood, both long-serving Qantas pilots, were flying the vintage Convair CV-340 from Wonderboom Airport, north of Pretoria, to Pilanesberg in a test flight, when they ran into trouble shortly after take-off. Video from the airport shows the 64-year-old plane, with 19 people on board, barely lift off the runway, with smoke pouring from one of its engines. The aircraft crashed shortly after - about 4.30pm on Tuesday local time (12.30am on Wednesday AEST) - smashing through a building before ending up in a field. The plane broke into pieces on impact, with the fuselage splitting in two and the tail detaching completely from the aircraft.