Aviation Authority to investigate deadly Pretoria plane crash

Leroy Wright
July 11, 2018

One person has died and approximately 20 people have been injured after a plane crashed in Wonderboom, Pretoria, ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said on Tuesday.

The aircraft, a Convair 340 (ZS-BRV) was taking off from Wonderboom airport.

Images from the site showed the plane broken into several pieces.

"There is smoke all over and paramedics are on the scene".

Rudi Storm, who claims to have witnessed the incident, says they noticed the right-hand-side engine was on fire and the plane was flying very low.

The Aviodrome aerospace theme park in the Netherlands said on its Facebook page that it was "hugely shocked" by the crash.

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Shortly afterwards the plane crashed into the factory.

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

It was not clear what had caused the crash and the statement did not mention the name of the airline but photos showed the words "Martin's Air Charter" on the body of the plane.

Meiring said there were two air ambulance helicopters on the scene.

According to the Aviodrome's website, it cost €350,000 (US$410,000) to make the plane "flight ready" and buy parts for the planned trip to Europe.

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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