Plane crashes in South Sudan’s capital killing at least 41

At least 41 people killed after plane crash lands near airport in South Sudan’s capital Juba, officials say

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

The scene of a cargo airplane that crashed after take-off near Juba Airport in South Sudan on November 4, 2015

A plane crashed on Wednesday shortly after taking off from an airport in South Sudan’s capital Juba, killing at least 41 people, director of Juba International airport said adding that "only three people have survived the crash".

Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said the plane may have had about 20 people on board, including crew and 10 to 15 passengers, the rest of the people were killed on the ground. He said the numbers were still being collated.

A police officer who spoke anonymously confirmed that at least 41 people died. A Reuters witness also said that he saw 41 bodies at the crash site.

Local news outlets released images of the crash site showing the tail fin of the Russian-built plane and other parts scattered along the banks of the White Nile river near the airport in South Sudan’s capital Juba.

South Sudan Tribune, a local media outlet, said on Twitter, the aircraft was a cargo plane which was carrying five Russian crew and seven passengers.


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