Aviation

WATCH: footage from inside South African plane crash that injured two Qantas pilots

Footage has emerged from the vintage plane crash in South Africa that left two dead and critically injured two Qantas pilots.

The two pilots, identified as Ross Kelly and Douglas Haywood, were travelling in a 1954 era Convair CV-340 aircraft at the Wonderboom airport when the crash occurred on Tuesday afternoon.

They were accompanied by 19 people including 16 passengers, two pilots and a flight engineer when the plane faltered soon after takeoff and collided with a factory nearby, killing the flight engineer and a person in the building.

The mobile phone footage, obtained by News Corp, shows flames coming out of one of the aircraft’s engines as the plane begins to shake violently.

One passenger is heard saying “It’s getting bad. It’s getting very bad.”

Another asks “Why are we shaking like this?”

Moments before impact, a man can be heard saying “Geez, this is going to be bad” in Afrikaans.

Brenda Vos, communications manager at Rovos Rail, the tourism company who owned the plane, told South Africa’s Times Live that the aircraft was acquired by a Dutch Aviation Museum, where it was to be flown after being overhauled.

She added that there were no safety concerns regarding the plane.

“The plane, as far as I know, had passed all the tests,” Vos said.

News Corp reports both Kelly and Hayward remain critically injured in induced comas in a Johannesburg hospital.

Both had flown with Qantas for more than 30 years, with a combined 37,000 hours of flying experience.

Kelly’s wife was also onboard the doomed flight and was in a stable condition last week.



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