Plane crash in South Africa leaves 20 injured as smoke billows from wreckage

At least one person is in a critical condition and 20 people have been injured after a plane crash in South Africa.

Crowds have been pictured gathering around the scene which shows the nose and tail of of the plane destroyed.

It is thought to have happened in the residential neighbourhood of Derdepoort in Pretoria, close to Wonderboom Airport.

"There is smoke all over and paramedics are on the scene. They will provide an update on any injuries," one police spokesman said.

The plane has Martin’s Air Charter emblazoned on the side.

Meanwhile, black smoke can be seen billowing from the wreckage, while parts of the plane lie on the ground.

It remains unclear what caused the crash or what type of aircraft it is.

But a source told a local newspaper that engine failure is the suspected cause of the incident.

Tshwane Metro Police Department spokesperson, Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that a small plane crashed in the Kameeldrift plot.

"We suspect that the plane was on its way to the Wonderboom Airport," he added.

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Taking to Twitter, one person said the plane had just been repainted as it was heading to its new home at Aviodrome Lelystad in the Netherlands.

Witnesses have also described seeing a black smoke coming from an engine from the low-flying plane on its approach towards the runway.

Two air medical services helicopters have also been pictured at the scene, while a building nearby appears to have collapsed.

Another photo has emerged of people being helped out of the wreckage.

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