1 dead, many injured in a plane crash in South Africa

About 20 injured in South Africa charter plane crash

Many injured as plane crashes in S Africa

The ER24 medical service confirmed the fatality.

Unconfirmed reports said one person was critically injured.

Eyewitnesses described seeing the plane attempt to veer toward Wonderboom airport, then hearing an explosion.

At least twenty passengers have been pulled from the wreckage with paramedics, firefighters and police on the scene of the accident.

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Images from the site showed the plane broken into several pieces.

Rudi Storm, who claims to have witnessed the incident, says they noticed the right-hand-side engine was on fire and the plane was flying very low.

The Aviodrome aviation museum responded on Facebook to the crash as follows: "We are extremely shocked that the Convair 340, the aircraft that would soon come to Aviodrome, crashed during the takeoff of a test flight in South Africa".

"All we know is shortly after take-off the plane experienced trouble and crashed".

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A spokesman for Martin Air said it had no information about the plane or the crash.

It had been due to fly to Aviodrome via east Africa, through Egypt, Croatia, Austria to the Netherlands.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.

According to Brandt‚ the plane was repainted in "the classic Martinair scheme for its imminent departure to its new home at the Aviodrome Lelystad in the Netherlands".

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