Australian Pilots Injured In Plane Crash In South Africa

The plane carrying 19 people crashed during a test flight.

Two Australian pilots are among those hurt in a South African plane crash that killed two people near Pretoria, the nation's administrative capital.

News Corp Australia reports that A380 captains Douglas Haywood and Ross Kelly, the latter recently retired, were critically injured when the vintage Convair CV-340 aircraft crashed while carrying 19 people on Tuesday.

Mr Kelly's wife, Lyndal, was also on board and reported to be in a stable condition on Wednesday.

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"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," a Qantas spokesman told The Australian newspaper.

The paper said it was unknown whether the duo were passengers or part of the flight crew. The majority on board were pilots, enthusiasts or engineers with the plane being prepared for transport to a museum in the Netherlands.

The short flight from Wonderboom Airport to Pilanesberg is believed to have been a weight test for the aircraft before it flew to its new home.

South African flight engineer Chris Barnard died in the crash while a factory worker on the ground was injured and died early on Wednesday, it was revealed.