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13 Jul 2018 The Australian, Australia Author: Annabel Hepworth Rhian Deutrom • Section: General News Article Type: News Item • Audience : 94,448 • Page: 2 • Printed size: 296.00cm² Market: National • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 5,982 • words: 528 Item ID: 981248015 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

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AUSTRALIAN OFFER TO ASSIST INQUIRY INTO VINTAGE PLANE CRASH

Qantas pilots ‘sticklers for safety’ ANNABEL HEPWORTH RHIAN DEUTROM

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has offered to send an experienced investigator to assist South African authorities in the wake of a vintage plane crash that has left two Qantas pilots, one former and one serving, in hospital. As video footage circulated showing dark smoke coming from one engine after takeoff, an ATSB spokesman said they had contacted the South African Civil Aviation Authority. Two Qantas pilots, A380 captains Douglas Haywood and Ross Kelly, who is retired, were critically injured in the crash. Two people have died, while Mr Kelly’s wife, Lyndal, was among those who were injured. “Given the Australians reported to be on board, last night the ATSB contacted the SACAA and offered our assistance through the deployment of an experienced transport safety investigator with a relevant background in either engineering, operations and/or human factors if the SACAA considered that this would enhance their own investigation team,” the ATSB spokesman said yesterday. “At this stage, the ATSB has not yet received a response from SACAA.” A close friend of Mr and Mrs Kelly and Mr Haywood told The Australian that the aviation community at home had been “devastated” by the news. Describing the two pilots as “legends of aviation in Australia”, the friend said the pair was passionate about preserving Aus-

tralian aviation history for future generations. “They are absolute enthusiasts of old world aviation and the extent of their knowledge in this field is second-to-none.” The two men were known by their peers to be “sticklers for safety” during their work with historic aircraft. “They would never do anything remotely unsafe, they were so pedantic that if they weren’t happy with something they wouldn’t leave the ground,” they said. “That’s why we’re all so shocked by this.” The South African air crash investigator has assigned a team to look at the accident after the crash of the 64-year old Convair CV-340 that was being prepared for transport to a Dutch museum. The 1950s-era Convair was on short test flight from Pretoria’s Wonderboom Airport to Pilanesburg when it crashed into a nearby factory. The plane had been due to leave South Africa for a multi-leg journey to its final home at the Aviodrome aircraft museum in The Netherlands. The aircraft had been donated to the Aviodrome by Rovos Rail Tours. While it was initially unclear whether the two Qantas pilots were passengers or members of the flight crew, Aviodrome spokeswoman Lisette Kars later told The Australian: “They’ve had a long time of experience with it, that’s why they were flying the plane.” Qantas and the South African air regulator were unable to confirm whether Mr Haywood and Mr Kelly were passengers or among the flight crew. Organisers of one of the

nation’s largest annual air shows, Wings Over Illawarra, released a statement of support for Mr and Mrs Kelly and Mr Haywood. Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association executive director Benjamin Morgan said the aviation community is “close knit” and that “a great number of us” know the “highly accomplished” pilots. ADDITIONAL REPORTING: CHARLIE PEEL WORLD P8


13 Jul 2018 The Australian, Australia Author: Annabel Hepworth Rhian Deutrom • Section: General News Article Type: News Item • Audience : 94,448 • Page: 2 • Printed size: 296.00cm² Market: National • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 5,982 • words: 528 Item ID: 981248015 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

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Dark smoke trails from the engine of the doomed Convair

13 July 2018 - additional  
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