19 injured, 1 dead in South Africa plane crash

About 20 injured in South Africa charter plane crash

About 20 injured in South Africa charter plane crash

At least 20 people have been injured in a plane crash near the city of Pretoria in South Africa.

"Medics from ER24 and other services are at the scene of a plane crash at Wonderboom in Pretoria", said Russell Meiring, spokesman for the ER24 medical service.

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

Images from the scene of the incident showed the aircraft broken into multiple pieces as rescue workers helped passengers and crew out of the smoking wreckage.

Police spokesman Isaac Mahamba told South African broadcaster eCNA: "There is smoke all over and paramedics are on the scene".

Mr Meiring said ER24 helicopters were on the scene to airlift any critical patients to hospital.

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

It was believed that not all the injuries were of crew and passengers on the plane - belonging to Martin's Air Charter - but that two, including one critically injured, were of people on the ground.

"We are unsure as yet of how the incident occurred". It had just been refurbished for 350,000 euros ($410,000) at Wonderboom.

The 50-seater plane crashed shortly after takeoff.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.

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