Pretoria plane crash victims spend night in hospital
The plane hit a factory, critically injuring two workers before crashing in a field, killing one person.
PRETORIA - Nineteen people on board a plane that crashed in Kameeldrift, Pretoria, have spent the night in hospital.
The plane hit a factory, critically injuring two workers before crashing in a field.
One person was killed.
Tshwane emergency services' Johan Pieterse says four of the injured passengers were trapped in the wreck and they had to use specialised rescue equipment to free them.
“We found 19 people inside the plane and we [also] had one deceased patient.”
All 20 injured were taken to various hospitals across Tshwane.
The 50-seater plane crashed shortly after takeoff.
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The Civil Aviation Authority says its officials will continue their investigation on Wednesday morning.
Pieterse says they have now handed over the scene to the aviation authority which will determine the exact cause of the crash.
“There will be an investigation into what caused it as things went wrong after takeoff.”
He says Tshwane has not experienced a crash of this nature before and that officials are trying to find out why the plane crashed a few minutes after takeoff.
Smoke was seen coming from one of the plane’s engines.
It is not yet clear where the plane was heading.
(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)