Plane Crashed Shortly After Take-off In South Sudan, At Least 17 Killed - Aero World

An Antonov An-26 hired by the UN food agency crashed in South Sudan’s capital on Saturday morning. The crash killed at least 17 people according to the country’s transport minister said.

One of the people escaped the wreckage in critical condition. However, it is unknown if all the fatalities were onboard the aircraft.

According to reports, the cargo plane crashed into the Hai Referendum residential area at approximately 09:00, shortly after takeoff.

Joseph Mayom, assistant professor at Upper Nile University told Xinhua that one passenger who survived the incident was rushed to hospital in critical condition after the crash. He said:

"According to what I have witnessed, one person was rescued after screaming in pain and was immediately taken to the hospital. We have counted 15 people and two crew members, bringing the total to 17."

The aircraft with registration YI-AZR was carrying motorbikes, spare parts, food items, and NGO staff salaries. The aircraft was was en route to Wau and Aweil towns from the Juba International Airport.

Kur Kuol, director of Juba International Airport confirmed the incident. He said that the aviation authorities will investigate the cause of the accident. 

The airport director said:

"The cargo manifest is in front of me now and the items listed in its indicated salaries, motorbikes, tires, batteries, fruits, spare parts, and food items. The names and number of the crew members were excluded."

Madut Biar Yel, the National Minister of Transport said the aircraft was carrying three crew members and five passengers on board.

The weather was mostly fine. The cause of the crash has been announced.

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