Plane crashes outside South Africa’s Pretoria, at least 19 injured

'Smoke all over the place' as aircraft crashes near Wonderboom airport

'Smoke all over the place' as aircraft crashes near Wonderboom airport

A plane crash north of Pretoria on Tuesday afternoon has left at least 20 people injured‚ four of whom are critical‚ including the pilot‚ paramedics said.

This happened shortly after the global chartered aircraft had taken off, said local CPF chairman Vernon Smith.

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

"There are critical patients‚" Loubser said.

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

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

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

The plane had been due to fly later this week to Aviodrome via east Africa, through Egypt, Croatia, Austria to the Netherlands.

Jurgen Kotze, chief operating officer for Emer-G-Med services, said the crash was near Wonderboom airport on the Moloto Road.

The plane was a Dutch cargo MAC Martin's Air Charter owned by Air France-KLM.

Emergency services were still busy on the scene.

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

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