1 dead, several injured after plane crashes in South Africa

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

At least twenty passengers have been pulled from the wreckage with paramedics, firefighters and police on the scene of the accident. Injuries ranged from lacerations to broken bones.

The plane came down on rough ground about five kilometres east of the airport, hitting a small factory building, injuring two people inside.

Unconfirmed reports said one person was critically injured.

"We are unsure as yet of how the incident occurred".

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A charter aircraft crashed in Kameeldrift on Tuesday afternoon.

"Medics from ER24 and other services are at the scene of a plane crash at Wonderboom in Pretoria", said Russell Meiring, spokesman for the ER24 medical service.

He said the pilot was in a critical condition following the crash.

The plane, which had been expected at the Aviodrome, "crashed in South Africa during take-off on a test flight", it said.

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The plane was marked Martin's Air Charter, but no information was immediately available about the air company.

South African Civil Aviation Authority said it will issue a statement with further details on Wednesday.

Best Care Ambulance Services spokesperson Xander Loubser said all patients have been transported to various hospitals.

The plane was supposed to leave South Africa around Thursday, according to Dutch news agency ANP.

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