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South Sudan ex- minister survive plane crash in Yambio


May 3, 2012 (MALAKAL) - At least two passengers and a pilot, are reported to have sustained injuries when a relief aircraft belonging to the United Nations World Food Proggrammee (WFP) crashed while landing at Yambio airstrip on Wednesday, authorities told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

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WFP plane at Yambio Air Strip after the crash on 2 May 2012. (Photo: Mbugo William Phillip)

“Eight other passengers including former minister of transport and bridges Anthony Lino Makana on board came out safely. The incident took place yesterday at around 10:am in Yambio, capital of Western Equatoria State”, Christopher Ismail, South Sudan’s Director of Aviation said on Thursday. “It was a WFP programme plane 5Y-NGO”, he adds.

Ismail stated that the two pilots involved in the incident have been landing in Yambio Airport for long time adding that though there was a little rainfall a day before the incident, still the ground was dry and couldn’t be the reason of the plane crash.

The pilot of the plane, identified as David Bayeku, sustained an injury to his right knee and other minor bruises on his shoulder. Bayeku did not make a statement to the press but us reported to have been taken to Juba by ab UN Helicopter for treatment while the other co-pilot was safe.

Medical practitioners from Yambio Civil Hospital who spoke to Sudan Tribune described injuries as “minor."

"We saw the knee of the Pilot. It was okay. It was just minor injury with some cuts but it will improve," a source at the Yambio Civil Hospital said, explaining further that some Ugandan nationals who were on board were taken to Nzara Camp belonging to Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) for treatment.

Mbugo William Phillip, Acting Station manager, Yambio FM 90.0MHZ said there were nine passengers on board and two pilots totaling to eleven passengers on board the plane, which over turned leaving the wings, engines and other parts scattered in the plane ground.

“This is the second time a Plane crash in Yambio Air Strip after the Cargo Plane crashed in 1995 leaving all on board safe”, says Mbugo.


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  • 4 May 2012 07:13, by Thiang Geka

    A popular and good leader like Anthony Lino Makana who works for the interest of his people can’t/won’t died in a plane crush as a criminal unless natural death.

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    • 4 May 2012 07:17, by omoni jr.

      God bless south sudan,

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      • 4 May 2012 13:31, by BM-21

        Oh my God Bless south Sudan ,I thank u a lot ,keep that spirit.

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    • 4 May 2012 07:25, by George Bol

      Mr Thiang,
      Go and talk nonsense to your mam. Do you mean those who die by plane crash are criminal? You don;t know what might happen to you unless you stop flying my friend if you comment like brainless.

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      • 4 May 2012 07:34, by Kurnyel

        I wish all the pessagers would have dies so that south sudan would have lran a lesson that it is not good to have wrong planes in their country. buy your own aircrafts, just wait and see he kiir and riek will one day be in that situation

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        • 4 May 2012 08:07, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

          Pretend to be African name will not help Arab Settlers.
          Nuba are African indigenous and have right everywhere in south is their to Land traditional movem. everent in empty Land in Sudan. Northern Settlers are lacky now to stay a little due to weak leadership in the south for time being. Nuba,Dinka,Apuny will never be Part by evil Arab settlers.Dinka owned Chindi mean Chandit in Dinka.

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        • 4 May 2012 08:07, by Diu J.Kuek

          Dear evil spirit at enmity with God TERRORISTS. friend of mass murder Osama Bin Laden Kurnyel.

          You may wishes that calamitous disastrous incident to our nation but your wish averted by Almighty father because we are peace loving nation we are not TERRORISTS.
          Thanks God to be with those passengers whom were been on board.

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        • 4 May 2012 10:27, by Observer

          What is the nonsense you are spewing? Are you trying to say that the WFP (UNHAS) plane was from Iran. If you blinkered vision cannot see past stupidity like that you shouldn’t comment on things you obviously don;t know a thing about.

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      • 4 May 2012 07:42, by Thiang Geka

        Dear George!! I didn’t mean that but the opposite of my answer is 90% true. If you can incite as in the Holy Bible that a rampant killer would also end up his life in the same way as he use to murders. You know the examples by yourself.

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    • 4 May 2012 08:40, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      You are very true,Mr Thaing,God Bless all those in that aircraft,but my advise is to WFP,Country Coordinating Progam manager,why the WFP are using out dated aircrat for Humanterrance case,i personel as i do see the small aircraft for WFP is one risking his own live to travel in,specially during raining season,where there is heavy clouded.WFP should make change in their aircraf


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  • 4 May 2012 08:16, by Northern Sudanese

    in a few hours another insect is gonna blame the crash on ncp :D

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    • 4 May 2012 08:44, by Diu J.Kuek

      Yes NCP may be involved on that incident can not be trust since they declared South Sudan is enemies State.now they begin to carry out their dirtiest TERRORISTS activities South Sudanese should watch out from these terrorists.
      Such NCP is TERRORISTS organization which was able to accommodated the International TERRORISTS as Osama Bin Laden and Carlos Sudan was involved in so many incidents.

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  • 4 May 2012 08:29, by Beneben Bai

    kurnyel, your comment here proved your hatred and foolishness. what can you tell us about the planes of Zubair Mohamed Saleh, Ibrahim Shams Eldin and Fadhel Elsiid Abu Gasaissa? were they all forign flights? stupid in thinking and comments.

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  • 4 May 2012 08:48, by Beneben Bai

    God, be with us in this critical situation. our enemies are always happy when we face difficulties.

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