Pretoria Charter Plane Crash Leaves One Dead, Many Injured

Wonderboom Airport, northern Pretoria.
A view of an aircraft that went down near Wonderboom Airport, northern Pretoria. Provided by Supplied.

One person was killed and 20 others injured on Tuesday when a charter plane crashed on the northern outskirts of South Africa’s capital, Pretoria, authorities said.

The airplane took off from the Wonderboom Airport and crashed just 2KM away. It’s understood the plane suffered technical problems before it came down.

The plane went down on Tuesday afternoon, crashing into a small factory.

ER24 says the passenger was declared dead on the scene.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said: “The remaining patients with their injuries ranging from minor to critical have been treated, provided with advanced-life support intervention and transported by road ambulances, as well as medical helicopters, to nearby hospitals.”

Meiring added: “Services are currently on the scene, they’ve been treating the patients. Once treated, the patients will be transported, as well as airlifted by the ER24 medical helicopter, to nearby hospitals. The exact details surrounding the incident are still unknown, but local authorities are on the scene and an investigation will be conducted.”

At the same time, Tshwane Emergency Services say four workers have been left critically injured after a plane hit a factory before crashing.

Spokesperson Johan Pieterse said: “We can confirm that a plane has crashed into a small factory. Apparently, there were four critically injured patients inside the factory and I think there was 19 [people] on board of the plane.”

A man who works at the airport said: “I saw the aircraft coming through and there was a big cloud of black smoke behind them, apparently there was an engine failure. I saw it coming at a low level, trying to turn towards the runway.”

Another man has described what he saw: “I just saw something dropping down from the sky, but I didn’t know what it was, and the next thing I saw an explosion and a big bang.”

South Africa’s civil aviation authority will investigate to determine the cause of the accident, Pieterse said.