1 person dead and 19 injured in Wonderboom airplane crash

1 person dead and 19 injured in Wonderboom airplane crash

- A small airplane crashed into a factory near Wonderboom airport in Pretoria on Tuesday afternoon

- 19 people are reported injured and one person has passed away since the crash

- It is unknown why the airplane crashed, but it is believed an engine burst into flames as the airplane took off

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Tuesday, 10 July's airplane crash has left 19 people injured and one person dead. SAPeople reports ER24 confirmed the death of one of the victims.

The small airplane crashed not too far from the Wonderboom airport near Pretoria. According to reports, it hit a factory and two people on the ground got hurt.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that paramedics were rushed to the scene and were found busy with the injured amongst the smoke that clouded the air.

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TimesLIVE reported that a paramedic from BestCare Ambulance Service has confirmed the crash. The paramedic, Xander Loubser, stated that there are critical patients being taken care of.

The injured people were taken to a hospital nearby with wounds that ranged from minor to very serious.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the person who tragically passed away may have been the pilot or engineer.

It is still not absolutely clear why the airplane crashed, but a witness stated that the airplane was in flames when it took off. It is believed one of the engines caught on fire.

An investigation into the cause of the flames has been begun by the SA Civil Aviation Authority.

The airplane was supposed to be going to the Netherlands on Thursday. It was scheduled to be exhibited at the Aviodrome Air Museum.

The airplane was built in 1954 and is a vintage Convair-340 model.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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