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UPDATE: Man loses both legs in North plane crash

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An employee at the Moorddrift dairy farm, north of Pretoria, lost both his legs when a historic chartered aircraft  plunged into their factory on Tuesday.

Thabang Moloto (20) was one of the 20 people who were injured when the historic chartered aircraft crashed shortly after take-off.

The crash has to date claimed two lives.

ALSO READ: UPDATE: Second fatality in north plane crash not passenger

An eyewitness wrote of what he saw when he arrived at the scene and found the injured 20-year old.

Somerset Morkel wrote on Facebook: “When I arrived there with some 8 of our workers, I went in unhindered & found the young man on the ground with two ladies desperately trying to help him as he was in shock & kept trying to stand up on his amputated legs, screaming of pain.”

“His upper left leg was broken too & he was bleeding profusely. I pushed him down on his back & tried to calm him.
He kept fighting back & I called for someone to help restrain him.”

Earlier media reports suggested that Moloto had died, however, the dairy’s CEO Stephen Smith said he was alive and recovering in hospital.

ALSO READ: UPDATE: VIDEO: Pretoria man dies in North plane crash

“He is still alive. None of the workers affected by the crash have died,” he said.

“I spoke to the family and I have been informed that he is in a stable condition.”

Smith said the company was in constant communication with affected families and would continue to give them the necessary support.

The South African Civilian Aviation Authority said the aircraft was headed to Pilanesberg in the North West when it crashed.

In a statement, the authority said the aircraft had a certificate of airworthiness, which was due to expire on 15 August this year.

A preliminary report into what led to the crash will be released in 30 days.

ALSO READ: UPDATE: VIDEO: Investigators still busy at north crash site

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