South Africa charter plane crashes near Pretoria leaving 1 dead, 20 injured

Hannah Rogers
July 11, 2018

"We have 19 injured casualties ranging from minor to critical injuries at this stage".

Photos from the scene posted on social media showed the plane, emblazoned with the words "Martin's Air Charter", broken near its front and back ends.

Eyewitnesses described seeing the plane attempt to veer toward Wonderboom airport, then hearing an explosion.

Emergency services said the aircraft crashed on Tuesday after it took off on a test flight from a small airport.

ER24 spokesman Russel Meiring said that ER24 paramedics‚ along with several other services‚ were on the scene treating the injured.

"There is smoke all over and paramedics are on the scene".

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"There was one fatality in the cockpit, we are not sure if it's the pilot or the engineer".

The plane was likely on its way to Wonderboom airport in north Pretoria, the Tshwane Metro Police Department said.

Aviodrome wrote on Facebook that it was "hugely shocked", by the crash.

It had been due to fly to Aviodrome via east Africa, through Egypt, Croatia, Austria to the Netherlands.

Pieterse says Civil Aviation Authority will be investigating the crash.

Best Care Ambulance Services spokesperson Xander Loubser said all patients have been transported to various hospitals.

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