South Sudan Plane Crash: All Passengers Survive

South Sudan Plane Crash: All Passengers Survive

A passenger plane crashed and burned in South Sudan on Monday, but all 49 passengers and crew members survived, according to news reports.

The South Supreme Airlines flight from the capital Juba was attempting to land at Wau airport when the crash occurred, Stephen Youngule, acting airport manager, told The Associated Press. “The plane touched down and then jumped up again. The pilot couldn’t control it,” Youngule said. “I saw it until the very last moment before the fire engulfed the aircraft.”

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As many as 45 people were on board the small South Supreme Airlines plane when it split in two at about 3pm local time. It was initially feared that dozens of people were dead following the fiery crash, but the manager of South Supreme Airlines said that no one had died.

Gabriel Ngang, the manager of South Supreme Airlines, told The National Courier that there were no casualties, and that everyone on board had been removed from the plane before it caught fire.  Meanwhile, an aid worker near the scene told Reuters: “No one died but there are a number of injured people right now.”

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"The weather is not good,” Paul Charles, an engineer at Wau airport, told Agence France Presse. “The pilot I think was not seeing the runway well.” The injured were rushed to local hospitals. Dr. Edmond Sebit, director of Wau Teaching Hospital, told Eye Radio Juba that several people injured in the plane crash have been taken to the health facility for treatment.

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"Right now we have the ambulance which has just come out from the airport, and we have received 14 patients being rushed to hospital in stable condition," State Information Minister Bona Gaudensio told AFP.

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South Sudan, which gained its independence from Sudan in 2011, has endured war political instability and famine. It is a landlocked country in east-central Africa, bordering Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic.

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