Plane crashes outside South Africa’s Pretoria, at least 19 injured

11 July, 2018, 11:36 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Plane crashes outside South Africa's Pretoria, injuring 20 people, at least one critical – officials

A Martinair charter aircraft crash-landed on Tuesday evening at the Wonderboom Airport, which is located near South Africa's capital Pretoria.

"Their injuries range from minor to critical", he said.

He said: "We suspect that the plane was on its way to the Wonderboom airport".

Images from the site showed the plane broken into several pieces.

Police spokesman Isaac Mahamba told South African broadcaster eCNA: "There is smoke all over and paramedics are on the scene".

Photographs from the scene of the crash show the damaged aircraft in a field.

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Tshwane emergency services' Johan Pieterse says four of the injured passengers were trapped in the wreck and they had to use specialised rescue equipment to free them.

Mr Meiring said ER24 helicopters were on the scene to airlift any critical patients to hospital.

The Aviodrome aerospace theme park in the Netherlands said on its Facebook page that it was "hugely shocked" by the crash.

It said the Convair was a US-built passenger plane that could carry 44 people.

A spokesman for Martin Air said it had no information about the plane or the crash. It had just been refurbished for 350,000 euros ($410,000) at Wonderboom.

South African Civil Aviation Authority said it will issue a statement with further details on Wednesday.

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