Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Charter plane crashes near Wonderboom airport north of Pretoria

About 20 injured in South Africa charter plane crash Many injured as plane crashes in S Africa
Glenn Montgomery | 11 July, 2018, 07:29

"Initial reports from the aircraft crash in Wonderboom [say it] has left allegedly 20 people injured, at least one critically", ER24 tweeted.

Photographs from the scene show a damaged charter aircraft in a field.

The Convair plane - built in 1954 - was due to soon be flown to the Aviodrome air museum, near the central Dutch city of Lelystad, after reportedly being renovated at the small Wonderboom airport in Pretoria.

"We saw the plane and we heard a thumping sound", adds Storm.

Spokesperson Ernie McCarthy confirmed the incident and that Emer-G-Med paramedics were attending to the scene. The injuries range from minor to severe according to what the South African emergency medical service ER24 says.

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

"There are critical patients‚" Loubser said.

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

It was not clear what had caused the crash and the statement did not mention the name of the airline but photos showed the words "Martin's Air Charter" on the body of the plane.

'They are busy treating one of the pilots. and he will be airlifted to a Netcare hospital, ' he said.

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