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A flying instructor who was killed in a light plane crash in Macedon Ranges, north of Melbourne, was a former Ansett Captain who had more than 20,000 flying hours experience.

Terry Otway, a 79-year-old from Sunbury, lost his life while on a training flight with a 48-year-old Lower Templestowe man who had just moved from Sydney.

The Brumby 600, which is a single-engine two-seater sports type light plane, took off from Penfield Flight School airfield in Sunbury on Saturday morning.

Terry Otway, the instructor who died in the crash near Lancefield had more than 20,000 flying hours experience.

Terry Otway, the instructor who died in the crash near Lancefield had more than 20,000 flying hours experience. Photo: Facebook