About 20 injured in South Africa charter plane crash

About 20 injured in South Africa charter plane crash

About 20 injured in South Africa charter plane crash

A charter plane crashed at an airport near Pretoria, injuring about 20 people, according to emergency services.

Photographs from the scene of the crash show the damaged aircraft in a field. Video of the plane's takeoff shows smoke streaming behind it.

The 1954-built plane was soon to be flown to the Aviodrome air museum, near the central Dutch city of Lelystad, via Egypt, Croatia and Austria.

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

Helicopters could be seen hovering above the scene as the sun set, with reports that the injured had been ferried to hospitals in Pretoria and Joburg.

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


There is no information about how many people were on board the plane.

"We are not sure what happened at this stage", Rosella Passier, Aviodrome's marketing manager, told French news agency AFP.

The 50-seater plane crashed shortly after takeoff. It had just been refurbished for 350,000 euros ($410,000) at Wonderboom.

"Martin's Air Charter" is written on the side of the fuselage.

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

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