Foreigners hurt in Wonderboom plane crash

Arturo Kim
July 11, 2018

At least 19 people were injured and one killed near Pretoria, South Africa on Tuesday after a charter plane crashed near Wonderboom airport, paramedics confirmed.

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

"We can, at this point, confirm that there was one fatality".

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

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.

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

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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.

Meiring said there were two air ambulance helicopters on the scene.

He said the pilot was in a critical condition following the crash.

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

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokesperson Kabelo Ledwaba said their investigators were on their way to the crash.

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