Aircraft in Pretoria crash was a 1954 Convair 340, recently acquired by a Dutch museum
The aircraft was formerly operated by Rovos Air ferrying passengers on nostalgic air safaris
The passenger aircraft that crashed outside Pretoria‚ killing two people and leaving several others injured‚ was formerly used for luxury air safaris. Two pilots were critically injured and a passenger suffered a double amputation in the crash‚ north of Pretoria‚ late on Tuesday. The aircraft was formerly operated by Rovos Air as part of a small fleet ferrying passengers on nostalgic air safaris in Southern Africa, in conjunction with train journeys undertaken by Rovos Rail. Brenda Vos‚ communications manager at Rovos Rail‚ said the aircraft — a Convair 340 that first flew in 1954 — was acquired by Aviodrome‚ a Dutch Aviation Museum‚ a "couple of months ago". "We had tried to launch Rovos Air as an alternative product to our luxury trains but we did not have much success in that space‚" Vos told eNCA on Wednesday. "We tried to sell the aircraft but there is not much interest in vintage aircraft anymore." She said there had not been any safety concerns regarding the plane. "The plane...
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