Charter plane crashes near Wonderboom airport north of Pretoria

One person has died and at least 20 others sustained injuries when a plane crashed near Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria, South Africa, officials said.

Of the 19 people on board‚ three were Dutch‚ two Australians and 14 South Africans.

Ledwaba said the SACAA would like to be given the time and space to thoroughly investigate the cause of the accident.

As the plane came down it crashed through a nearby factory, where one person was found in serious condition and another in critical condition, Pieterse said.

"They are now in hospital being treated for serious injuries".

The pilots, one of whom is now retired, have both flown for Qantas for more than 30 years, including as A380 Captains. "The Convair aircraft was destined for the Dutch aircraft museum Aviodrome at Lelystad Airport in the Netherlands, which is also the owner of the aircraft".

Emer-G-Med chief operating officer Jurgen Kotze said the pilots were transported to Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.

"All we know is shortly after take-off the plane experienced trouble and crashed".

"The aircraft‚ built in 1954 was donated to Aviodrome by the South African owner‚ Rovos Rail‚" said a post by the museum on its website.

"Our thoughts and our sympathy go out to the surviving relatives". The plane was due to arrive in the Netherlands on July 23.

Vanessa Coleman

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