Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

South Sudan: Passenger jet crashes onto runway, dozens feared dead

South Sudan: Passenger jet crashes onto runway, dozens feared dead

A passenger plane has crashed at a South Sudan airport, reportedly injuring at least 14 people.

The South Supreme Airlines was carrying more than 50 people when it hit the runway while trying to land on arrival at Wau airport from Juba.

For his part, Santino Deng, manager of the South Supreme Airlines, told Radio Tamazuj that the plane crashed due to bad weather conditions in Wau.

The incident took place at the airport in Wau.

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.

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The plane's right wing hit a auto and a fire started on the right side of the plane, Ateny said. "But when it touched the ground, it immediately burst into a huge flame", he said.

At the time of this report, three passengers were still in a hospital with minor injuries.

Wau State Information Minister Bona Gaudensio gave no casualty numbers but says the injured were rushed to the Wau hospital.

Images circulating on social media showed thick black smoke billowing from the aircraft, which was completely burned out except for the tail, clearly bearing the insignia of local carrier South Supreme Airlines, according to AFP.

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