Many injured as plane crashes in S Africa

Many injured as plane crashes in S Africa

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

Images from the site showed the plane broken into several pieces as paramedics helped survivors out of the aircraft and treated patients at the scene as firefighters tackled smoking wreckage.

According to Russel Meiring, communications officer for ER24, approximately 20 people were injured and sustained injuries ranging from minor to critical.

He later confirmed to IOL that one person had died following the crash.

"We suspect that the plane was on its way to the Wonderboom airport", said Mahamba.

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

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

South African news outlet eNCA says the crash occurred near an airport in the Wonderboom area.

"Paramedics are treating the patients and will thereafter transport them to nearby hospital for further treatment".

Emergency services were still busy on the scene.

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

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokesperson Kabelo Ledwaba said their investigators were on their way to the crash.