Plane crash-lands at South Sudan airport, several injured

Mar 21, 2017, 00:27
Plane crash-lands at South Sudan airport, several injured

A passenger jet carrying 44 people crashed in South Sudan's northwestern town of Wau. "The hospital received 37 people with injuries but now 31 have gone home and six are left but in stable conditions", Guadenesio said.

"It crashed while attempting to land and immediately in burst into a flame", a witness told Sudan Tribune from Wau airport.

All 44 passengers on board are feared dead, while Reuters reported quoting local aid workers that no one was killed in the crash but a number of people were injured.

United Nations peacekeepers worked with local emergency workers to evacuate passengers from the plane, according to David Shearer, head of the United Nations mission in South Sudan.

CNN further quoted Wal Achieng, an official at South Supreme Airlines in Wau, as saying the plane carried 40 adults and three children and that twenty-five of them were taken to hospitals.

The plane was headed from the capital, Juba, to Wau.

When the plane crashed, its door flew open, which allowed the pilot and rescue crews to get everybody out, Youngule said.

Video images obtained by AFP showed firefighters battling to put out the blaze as thick black smoke billowed from the aircraft.

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