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South Sudan forms committee to investigate Wau plane crash


By Ngor Arol Garang

March 29, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan has formed a technical fact finding committee to investigate the cause of a plane crash at Wau Airport on Thursday morning, according to officials.

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Feeder Airlines plane after the crash landing at Wau Airport, South Sudan, 29 March 2012 (Photo: Morris Ukel)

Multiple eyewitnesses told Sudan Tribune that no lives were lost in when the Feeder Airlines commercial flight crashed near the capital of Western Bahr el Ghazal State.

Mayom Kuoc Malek, South Sudan’s Deputy Minister of Transport told Sudan Tribune that he learned of the incident from relative of some of the passengers who survived the crash but did had not received a detailed report.

He said that the fact finding committee he was establishing would discover whether a technical or human error caused the accident.

Morris Ukel, who works at Wau Airport, said that the plane crashed on Thursday at 9:30am but declined to comment on reports that some passengers had lost some of their belongings.

“It was an unfortunate incident but we thank God that no lives were lost. There were only slight injuries" Ukel told Sudan Tribune.

He attributed the cause to a technical failure, explaining that one wheel refused to return inside plane after takeoff.

Feeder Airlines, which takes its name from the aviation network which operated in southern Sudan in the 1970s, has been running out of Juba Airport since 2007 connecting Juba, Rumbek, Malakal and Wau.

The company also flies to the Sudanese capital Khartoum and Uganda’s Entebbe Airport.


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  • 30 March 2012 08:21, by Monyekuron

    I thank God that no lives were lost!!

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  • 30 March 2012 08:33, by BM Bol

    Don’t you love how he says " one wheel refused to return inside plane after takeoff."? either way, it’s good no one was kill.

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    • 31 March 2012 10:57, by Zzeggo Hauwuikeenbay

      Hello Viper, the most dangerous writing is of info not fully verified. While we all are greatful that no lives were lost in the Wau aircrash, the circustances of the crash are yet to be established. Could the circumstances of the air crash in Wau 29th.March.012 be mechanical, weather, human error or sabbotage. Corrections, Captain David was NOT the pilot of the ill-fated but Captain Nicola.

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  • 30 March 2012 09:03, by viper

    Many thanks to CAPTAIN David who managed to save the lives of his country men who were on board with him. May God bless great pilot of South Sudan and give him wisdom to do his best with the feeder Airlines

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    • 30 March 2012 12:48, by Antigraft

      he may not be far from a dinka pilot

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      • 31 March 2012 17:58, by SweetCherry

        He is not from Dinka ..WOW not everyone is dinka

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    • 31 March 2012 17:02, by SweetCherry

      But it’s wasn’t Capt.David ..Who told you this?Pls be sure before you write anything

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  • 30 March 2012 09:27, by The Republic of South Sudan

    Ignorance to all South Sudanese is a big challenge. People assume everything is good or could continue working without maintenance. I heard that a young woman die in Juba hospital simply because of power interruption. When she was at the theater(surgeon room) the light went off and she automatically die. Why Ministry of Health is not buying generators to work alternatively to safe people’s life

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    • 30 March 2012 14:25, by Born-to-Rule

      The Republic of South Sudan,

      Calling yourself "The Republic of South Sudan" is a waste. What your comment(s) has to do with plane crash?. Stay with the program or the article dude!.

      As for your "Ignorance to all south Sudanese is a big challenge" Count yourself as one of them.

      Sincere condolence to young woman family, may g-d rest her soul in peace.

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    • 1 April 2012 07:53, by SweetCherry

      Republic of south sudan it’s awaste omg
      and the government doesn’t even care about this
      what awaste ? we need strong government who rule by mind not by talk

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  • 30 March 2012 11:26, by Paul Chadrack

    Feeder Airlines, a company build using stolen public funds, the share holders including president and his corrupt officals. it is always known that anything started in a wrong footage end up miserably. thank God no body lost his/her life.

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  • 31 March 2012 14:17, by Zzeggo Hauwuikeenbay

    Captain Nicola Ibra never lost contact with the airport tower prior to the crash, though continuously being advised by tower to land near the middle of the 2.8-kilometre-long runway to avoid a segment that is being covered with tarmac.
    A female passenger onboard the ill-fated aircraft said the pilot aborted his first landing attempt. “We were not informed whether there was a problem,” said the wom

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  • 31 March 2012 14:19, by Zzeggo Hauwuikeenbay

    A female flight attendant broke her right leg when she leapt from the aircraft when it was still moving. Feeder Airlines managing director Captain David Martin Hassan; is also the current Under-Secretary in the Ministry of Transport in the Government of South Sudan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Just reading through this extracts gives one more clues to further in understanding the ac

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