Eyewitness footage shows smoke coming from Wonderboom plane before crash

Eyewitness footage shows smoke coming from Wonderboom plane before crash

Eyewitness footage shows smoke coming from Wonderboom plane before crash

At least one person has been killed and about 20 others injured in a plane crash near Wonderboom airport in the South African administrative capital Pretoria.

One person died at the scene and the several injuries range from minor to critical, according to Russel Meiring, a spokesperson for emergency service ER24. "We have got about 20 patients with injuries ranging from serious to critical, including two people who were on the ground". Video of the plane's takeoff shows smoke streaming behind it.

The plane was due to be flown to the Aviodrome air museum after reportedly being renovated at the small airport.

"The plane had 19 passengers on board which includes the pilot and the engineer", Johan Pieterse, the local government emergency services spokesman, told AFP.

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

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".

It said the Convair was a US-built passenger plane that could carry 44 people. It had just been refurbished for 350,000 euros ($410,000) at Wonderboom.

The Civil Aviation Authority is expected to start an investigation into the crash as soon as all patients have been cleared from the scene.

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