At least one dead in charter plane crash near Pretoria

Geneva Stokes
July 11, 2018

One person was killed and 18 others were injured when the aircraft hit a factory near the Wonderboom airport.

Unconfirmed reports said one person was critically injured. Video of the plane's takeoff shows smoke streaming behind it.

At least twenty passengers have been pulled from the wreckage with paramedics, firefighters and police on the scene of the accident.

Photos from the scene posted on social media showed the plane, emblazoned with the words "Martin's Air Charter", broken near its front and back ends.

ER24 later said on its Twitter feed that one fatality had since been reported from the scene, and that it had occured "in the cockpit".

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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.

The large plane appeared to have crashed through a nearby building, the official said. It had just been refurbished for 350,000 euros ($410,000) at Wonderboom.

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

"A statement with further details will be issued tomorrow", said Kabelo Ledwaba, spokesperson of the South African Civil Aviation Authority.

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