Pretoria plane crash claims one, injures 19

Pretoria plane crash claims one, injures 19

One person is dead, several others are in critical condition after a charter plane crashed in Pretoria, South Africa.

Russel Meiring, a spokesman for paramedic company ER24, says the injuries in Tuesday's crash range from minor to critical.

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

The plane had been due to fly later this week to Aviodrome via east Africa, through Egypt, Croatia, Austria to the Netherlands. Reports say that there have been no deaths but there are 20 people injured.

Emergency services were called out to the scene just after 16:00 when the plane was found on fire in a field.

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It said the Convair-340 was a US-built passenger plane that could carry 44 people.

South African emergency medical service ER24 posted photographs on its Twitter feed of passengers being rescued from the crash.

Paramedics are treating the patients and will thereafter transport them to nearby hospitals for further treatment.

"Some patients have been transferred already and some of them are still on scene".

South African Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Kabelo Ledwaba said its investigators were at the scene and would issue a statement.

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