Two pilots 'stable' after NSW plane crash

Lucy Hughes Jones

A flying instructor and a pilot critically burnt after their plane crash-landed and burst into flames in central western NSW are now both in stable conditions in hospital.

Catherine Fitzsimons, the owner of Bathurst's WardAir flight school, and pilot Ben Wheeler both suffered large burns and fractures in the crash which occurred at Orange airport about 7pm on Tuesday.

The pair was allegedly practising night-flight manoeuvres when the four-seater single-engine Cirrus SR-22 aircraft crashed near the airport's runway.

The plane, which reportedly belonged to Mr Wheeler, was engulfed in flames with five emergency crews rushing to help the woman and man, both in their 40s.

They were found conscious before being airlifted to a Sydney hospital, with Ms Fitzsimons suffering more serious injuries, NSW Ambulance spokesman Jason Speight said.

Both of their conditions have since improved to stable, a Royal North Shore Hospital representative said on Wednesday night.