BREAKING: Scores dead in South Sudan’s plane crash: BREAKING: Scores dead in South Sudan’s plane crash:
Several people have been feared dead after a cargo plane crashed as it tried to land in thick fog in central South Sudan. The incident occurred at around 9 am. It happened shortly after taking off from the airport in the country’s capital, authorities say.
Kur kuol, the director of Juba International Airport, says that a number of people were on board. The plane that belongs to South West Aviation and was heading to the Northern Bahr el Ghazal state.
David Subek, Chief Executive officer of South Sudan Civil Aviation Authority in Juba, confirmed the crash. However he says there is no a clear number of death toll as yet.
Eyewitnesses says that people with injuries were rushed to the hospital and six dead bodies were seen on the ground.
BREAKING: Scores dead in South Sudan’s plane crash
Currently, no immediate details on what could be the cause of the crash. A team from the airport has rushed to the scene to get more details on the casualties, Director notes.
Joseph Mayom, assistant professor at Upper Nile University says that the survivors are now hospitalized in critical condition.
Mayom continues that it was carrying motorbikes, spare parts, food items and NGOs staff salaries. But there were no many people onboard, he adds.
He says the aviation authorities will investigate the cause of the accident. Airport authorities don’t have the exact number of people who have died nor the survivors. He adds that they will be able to provide details once the officials establish clear information.
The number of deaths is increasing, adding that a Ugandan and Ethiopian national were among the victims. And more people are still missing.
In 2018, a plane belonging to South West Company crashed in eastern Lakes Regions in South Sudan, killing 17 people on board.
Following the incident, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir in April 2019 banned planes spanning 20 years of service from transporting people, limiting them to cargo in a bid to curtail air accidents.