Charter plane crashes near Wonderboom airport north of Pretoria

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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.

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

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

'We have 19 injured casualties ranging from minor to critical injuries at this stage and no confirmed fatalities'.

He said the pilot was in a critical condition following the crash.

The plane, which had been expected to arrive at the Aviodrome on July 23, "crashed in South Africa during take-off on a test flight", it said.

It was unclear how many people were on board the plane when it went down.

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

Emergency services said they were attending to "multiple" patients at the scene of the crash.

Images showed a burning aircraft marked "Martin's Air Charter".

The South African Civil Aviation Authority is on the scene investigating the cause of the crash.

According to Loubser several patients have been airlifted to nearby hospitals.

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