Juba plane crash leaves 40 dead


A Russian-built cargo plane has crashed on take-off near the international airport in South Sudan’s capital Juba, with many casualties being reported.

About 40 bodies were counted at the wreck site by a local reporter.

It is unclear how many of the victims were on the plane and how many were on the ground.

Juba’s Radio Miraya says the plane was heading to Paloch in Upper Nile State and crashed just 800m (half a mile) from the runway.


The ruins of the plane – Photo credit: Cont de Monk/Eye radio

Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told Reuters news agency that there were at least two survivors, a crew member and a child.

Juba airport, Kuol Kur, told Eye Radio the Airliner EY406 crashed just a few minutes after take-off.

He said the plane was heading to Paloch oilfields in Upper Nile State, but he could not confirm the identities of the passengers who were on board.

Eye Radio’s reporter Dominic Santo has counted 41 dead bodies at the scene of the crash, but says the figure could rise as the bodies are still being put together.

Only two people were rescued and taken to hospital.

The director of the airport, Mr Kuol Kur, told the radio relevant authorities will issue an official statement soon.

He said the plane belongs to a company called Allied Air Service.

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