History of the Air Convair 340 that crashed in Pretoria

One person was killed‚ the two pilots critically injured and a passenger suffered a double amputation in an aeroplane crash north of Pretoria late on Tuesday afternoon

Paramedic Xander Loubser from Best Care Ambulance Service confirmed the crash happened about 1km east of the N4 in Derdepoort and about 8km east of the Wonderboom Airport.

Emer-G-Med chief operating officer Jurgen Kotze said the pilots were transported to Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.

READ: 20 injured as plane crashes near Wonderboom airport

Paramedics said the plane crash left at least 19 people injured, who were taken to hospitals across Tshwane.

Former SAA Pilot and Aviation Expert Karl Jensen says he used to fly the aircraft on a regular basis when it belonged to Rovos Air Convair.

Also read:Smoke seen coming from Wonderboom aircraft just before crash

They had two of these aircraft which were used to ferry their passengers around to meet up with trains like at Victoria Falls, Dar es Salaam and all over the country.

Karl Jensen, Former SAA Pilot and Aviation Expert

They were 44 seaters, they were called Convair 440 metropolitans. The aircraft was built to replace the DC3 decanter. This was one of the last piston engine airliners that were ever built.

Karl Jensen, Former SAA Pilot and Aviation Expert

Listen below to the full interview and hear Karl Jensen give the history of the Air Convair 340...


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