Passenger plane crash-lands in South Sudan

21 March, 2017, 00:36 | Author: Ora Austin
  • The tragedy happened in South Sudan

"There were 40 passengers and five crew (on board) that is all".

A local official told BBC that the plan was coming from the country's capital, Juba, when it crashed.

"The weather was not good", Achieng said, citing very cloudy conditions. The crash is believed to have occurred when the plane came down to land after flying from Juba to Wau. "The pilot I think was not seeing well, was not seeing the runway well".

"Some of the people got out by themselves, some of them were pulled".

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He added that the accident was caused by poor visibility that led to a collision between the plane and a firefighter truck during landing.

Images from the scene show the smoking charred wreckage of the plane fuselage and the intact tail.

Forty-four passengers were on board the plane belonging to South Supreme Airlines, officials at the carrier told journalists.

Since 2013, South Sudan has been embroiled in a civil war that has killed at least 50,000 people. The country is also in the midst of a "man-made" starvation due to the conflict.

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