Hundreds gather to farewell KI father, son

Outback pilot Dick Lang and his son Clayton died fighting the Kangaroo Island bushfires.
Outback pilot Dick Lang and his son Clayton died fighting the Kangaroo Island bushfires.

Hundreds of mourners have gathered for the funeral of Dick and Clayton Lang, who died in the Kangaroo Island bushfire.

The funeral home in Adelaide's northeast has been filled to capacity, with many forced to watch from outside.

The ceremony on Friday afternoon was preceded by a flyover to mark Dick Lang's long-standing career as an outback pilot.

Dick, 78, and his son Clayton, 43, were killed helping others battle the ferocious bushfire that tore through the west of the island, burning most of the prized Flinders Chase National Park.

The pair had been returning to a family property when their vehicle became engulfed in flames on January 3.

Dick, a well-known adventurer, was a bush pilot who opened the outback to tourism before embarking on tours and safaris across the world.

Clayton was an Adelaide plastic surgeon, specialising in reconstructive hand surgery.

Kynan Lang has spoken of how his uncle and cousin died trying to protect the community they loved.

"This was their passion...they loved coming here and being a part of the island," he said.

The Lang family have asked for donations in Dick and Clayton's memory to go to the island's Mayoral Relief and Recovery Bushfire Fund.

Australian Associated Press