South African pilot who flew over stadium during final of 1995 Rugby World Cup dies

Published April 25, 2013

| Associated Press

South African officials say Laurie Kay, an aviator best known for flying a Boeing 747 passenger jet low over a Johannesburg stadium before the final of the 1995 Rugby World Cup, has died.

The South African National Parks service says Kay died Wednesday from a suspected heart attack in Kruger National Park, where he flew helicopters on anti-rhino poaching patrols. He was 67.

Kay was a South African Airways pilot when he flew a jet over Ellis Park stadium at the start of the 1995 rugby final between South Africa and New Zealand. South Africa won the match in what was a unifying moment for a country that had recently emerged from white racist rule.

The flyover was depicted in "Invictus," a 2009 movie about South Africa's rugby victory.