PRETORIA, July 10, 2018 (News Wires) - At least 19 people were injured when a plane crashed on Tuesday in a grassy area of the South African capital Pretoria, emergency services said, giving a preliminary toll.
Images from the site showed the plane broken into several pieces as paramedics helped survivors out of the aircraft and treated patients at the scene as firefighters tackled smoking wreckage.
"Medics from ER24 and other services are at the scene of a plane crash at Wonderboom in Pretoria," Russell Meiring, spokesman for the ER24 medical service said.
"We have 19 injured casualties ranging from minor to critical injuries at this stage and no confirmed fatalities."
The plane was marked Martin's Air Charter, but no information was immediately available about the air company.
"I can only confirm that yes we do have a plane that crashed... on the Moloto Road," local government emergency services spokesman Johan Pieterse told AFP.
HAVANA, May 25, 2018 (News Wires) - One of the survivors of the plane crash just outside Havana airport last week died early on Friday, state-run media cited the Cuban government as saying, raising the death toll from one of Cuba's worst air disasters to 112.
Emiley Sanchez, a 40-year old Cuban from the eastern city of Holguin where the Boeing 737 had been heading, died in a hospital in the capital due to “severe traumatic lesions and burns” suffered in the accident.
“Her state was extremely critical with a unfavorable prognostic and on a progressive downwards path that we could not reverse,” the Health Ministry said in a statement read on state-run radio station Radio Reloj.
Three Cuban women had originally survived when the Boeing 737 crashed shortly after takeoff and burst into flames. Two of them have now died, leaving one survivor fighting for her life.
The plane had been leased by the little-known Mexican company, Damojh, to Cuba's flagship carrier Cubana, and all but 11 of 113 passengers on board were Cuban.
The foreigners were seven Mexicans including the crew, two Argentine tourists, and two Sahrawis from a disputed area in the Western Sahara who were resident in Cuba.
Cuba is leading the probe into the crash, together with Mexican and US investigators, and has retrieved the black box with flight data and voice recordings from the cockpit.