Queenstown crash pilots named

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The two Milford Sound Flights pilots injured in Friday’s crash have now been named.

They are Dave Cross, 64, of Cromwell and Dan Noonan, 40, of Queenstown.

A company spokesperson says the men are in intensive care but both are stable.

Cross is in Dunedin Hospital and Noonan in Southland Hospital. Their families are understood to be at their bedsides.

They were on a training flight when their aircraft crashed in the Von Valley between Queenstown and Te Anau.

Support craft and a rescue helicopter responded after the plane’s emergency locator beacon was activated.

Cross, Milford Sound Flights’ senior pilot and training manager, is a longstanding employee of the company. 

Milford Sound Flights suspended operations after the accident and a spokesperson says today (Sunday) that no decision has yet been made on when flights will resume.

Milford Sound Flights is a joint venture between Queenstown-based tourism giants Skyline Enterprises and Real Journeys.