Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Wounded In South Africa Plane Crash

Wounded In South Africa Plane Crash

About 20 people have been injured in a charter plane crash near South Africa's capital, Pretoria.

One person died at the scene and the several injuries range from minor to critical, according to Russel Meiring, a spokesperson for emergency service ER24.

On a video posted on social media the plane, a so-called Convair 340, had just taken off when smoke started coming out of the plane.

Paramedics helped survivors out of the aircraft and treated patients at the scene as firefighters tackled the smoking wreckage.

The aircraft was marked "Martin's Air Charter", which was the previous name of the Dutch cargo airline Martinair.

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ER24 later said on its Twitter feed that one fatality had since been reported from the scene, and that it had occured "in the cockpit".

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

The plane, which had been expected to arrive at the Aviodrome on Jul 23, "crashed in South Africa during take-off on a test flight", it said.

He said he could not release more information as the South African Civil Aviation Authority were investigating the accident.

"I can only confirm that yes we do have a plane that crashed. on the Moloto Road", local government emergency services spokesman Johan Pieterse told the AFP news agency.

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