At least 19 killed in South Sudan plane crash
Three children reportedly among 22 passengers on flight from Juba to Yirol
Tthe wreckage of a light aircraft that crashed into the Yirol River as local fishermen use canoes to help in the rescue and retreival efforts. Photograph: Radio Myraya/AFP
At least 19 people died in South Sudan on Sunday when a small aircraft carrying passengers from capital Juba to the city of Yirol crashed, an official said.
“The number [of dead] has reached 19,” he told Reuters, adding that a Ugandan and Ethiopian national were among the victims. Mr Abel had earlier said two people were missing.
One of the survivors, an Italian doctor working with a charity, was in stable condition and flown to Juba having undergone surgery in Yirol, the minister said.
The plane crashed by a river and an eyewitness had earlier said bodies were recovered from the water.
There were three children among the 22 passengers, another source said.
Several crashes have occurred in war-torn South Sudan in recent years. In 2017, four passengers were injured after bad weather caused their plane to crash into a fire truck upon landing and burst into flames.
In 2015, dozens of people were killed when a Russian-built cargo plane with passengers on board crashed after taking off from the airport in Juba. – Reuters