Dutch museum 'shocked' to learn of Wonderboom plane crash

Dutch museum 'shocked' to learn of Wonderboom plane crash

Nineteen people have been injured after a vintage plane crashed in a field near an airport in Pretoria, South Africa. It took place about 1km east of the N4 in Derdepoort and about 8km east of the Wonderboom Airport.

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

Meiring said there were two air ambulance helicopters on the scene.

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

The Convair-340 plane built in 1954 was due to soon be flown to the Aviodrome air museum in the Netherlands from Wonderboom airport in Pretoria.


Best Care ambulance services' Xander Loubser said reports indicated that the charter plane was carrying passengers on an global flight.

The fuselage was marked Martin's Air Charter.

'They are busy treating one of the pilots. and he will be airlifted to a Netcare hospital, ' he said.

According to the Aviodrome's website, it cost 350,000 euros ($410,000) to make the plane "flight ready" and buy parts for the planned trip to Europe.

Meanwhile, The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) says investigators are on their way to the scene.

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