Covair 340 Crashes Near Pretoria in South Africa

Plane crashes outside South Africa's Pretoria, injuring 20 people, at least one critical – officials

A plane has crashed in Pretoria, South Africa, leaving at least one person dead and many others injured.

"Initial reports show that approximately 20 people had sustained injuries ranging from minor to critical".

Images of the deadly crash soon emerged on social media, with users posting pictures of the wreckage at the scene.

ER24 later said on its Twitter feed that one fatality had since been reported from the scene, and that it had occured "in the cockpit".

"At this stage, we can confirm that crew members are attending to the scene of a crash", he said.

The aircraft, a Convair 340 (ZS-BRV) was taking off from Wonderboom airport. Some of the injured were "critical patients", according to The Sunday Times.

A plane has crashed near the Wonderboom airport in Pretoria, South Africa.

Aviodrome wrote on Facebook that it was "hugely shocked", by the crash.

Details of the cause of the crash on Tuesday are yet to be established, but authorities confirmed that the plane hit a factory building before crashing.

The plane was a Dutch cargo MAC Martin's Air Charter owned by Air France-KLM. "They've been treating the patients", Russel Meiring, a spokesperson for emergency service provider ER24, told Xinhua news agency.

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