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South Sudan minister’s plane forced to land after complications


May 30, 2012 (JUBA) - A chartered aircraft carrying South Sudan’s Minister for Agriculture and Forestry, Betty Achan Ogwaro, was forced to return to Juba airport on Thursday, just moments after the plane left the capital.

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South Sudan’s Minister for Agriculture and Forestry, Betty Achan Ogwaro prays inside the Church of Nativity, in Bethlehem, during a visit to Israel in 2012 (Photo: Lomayat)

The plane, which was heading to Aweil in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State carrying 11 passengers, belongs to Flex Air Charters is reported to have developed a problem on its right wing about 20 minutes after takeoff.

“As the plane started gaining altitude, it developed a problem on its right wing forcing it to lose balance. The pilot, who appeared very calm, managed to control the situation,” Betty Achan Ogwaro told Sudan Tribune by phone.

The minister, together with other senior ministry officials, had been invited by the state governor, Paul Malong Awan Anei, to visit a rice scheme funded by the German Agency for International Development (GiZ) and the European Union (EU).

She attributed the incident to a “mechanical fault” on the aircraft, although an airline official quickly downplayed this.

“What I know is that the aircraft which left for Aweil this morning developed a problem with one of the wings. I don’t think it was a mechanical fault,” Khamis Pasqual, a flight captain with Kenyan-owned Flex Air Charters said when contacted this morning.

Pasqual said the same plane, which he flew from Bentiu, the Unity State capital, to Juba on Tuesday “was in very good condition”.

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

In April a Feeder Airlines commercial flight crashed at Wau airstrip, Western Bahr el Ghazal State, no casualties were reported.


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  • 31 May 2012 07:17, by zulu

    I know my nephew stephen Pasqal as an honest pilot. A man who himself crushed with many Cesna planes during the war between Didinga hills and Loki. I am pretty sure that the plane had an engine problem and would have not caused seriouse concerns for the minister and the crew. Of course precausionary measures safeguard the flight safety of all VIPs. But brave for the Rice project again for exports

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    • 31 May 2012 07:28, by Ayom Ayom

      Minister for Transport, is accountable

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    • 31 May 2012 13:09, by Thorbanat

      Zulu don’t lie Khamis Pasquale is the nephew to Bishop Akio Johnson Mutek of the Catholic Diocese of Torit. Khamis come from Ikotos County in Lodwara village and he is a Logir by tribe. He is s brother to Betty Imoya of Bank of South Sudan. Khamis is every young pilot whom the South can be proud of off and thanks.

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  • 31 May 2012 07:18, by Ayom Dor

    Am tired of these Russians planes, they killed our leaders and still want to take more lifes!! They should jst be grounded once and for all, otherwise more lifes will continue to be lost in South Sudan!!

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  • 31 May 2012 07:21, by Thomas Ader

    The God almighty do help his people that ways. On the other hand, there is no safety gunranttee over South Sudan Air space becuse the government does monitor. it might be Khartoum try to shot down a plane or technical failure from aircraft.

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  • 31 May 2012 08:19, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    The govt of S Sudan,ecpecially the civil aviation should see that the outdated aircraft should not be allow to operate in the country,it is better for our ministers to walk on foot than to kill oneself,certain companies brought outdated aircraft,which are not allow to operate in their own country to this new nation,please be wise in avoiding incident among our ministers.


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    • 31 May 2012 08:58, by Jewish Ally

      you are right
      South Sudan had been taken aas a damping place by most country, and if don’t wash out we will lost most of our citizen in the following:
      - outdated plane
      - expired drugs
      - contaminated food
      - and and space pollution
      we need to be very keen because it is ever citizen concern to insure our safety against all kind of threat to our New Nation

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      • 31 May 2012 09:24, by agwait majok

        God bless south Sudan leader for all those trouble thing. I hope there is no life lose this bod hearing thing.My advice to south Sudan to thinking about this bod news every years.we don’t like to diet by plane any more. We have a big thing coming up between our nation and neighbor. That is what we going to lose ours life on.

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      • 31 May 2012 14:56, by Wensi

        A rice project she was about to visit???? Be careful South Sudanese. There is a trial going on in UK about GM rice. I guess that project might be another trial, and I guess they have blind folded people of Southern Sudan as majority don’t know anything about GM crops. The Country is still very young, every citizen needs to be vigilant to any thing that might be a threat to nation’s prosperity.

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      • 31 May 2012 16:37, by Zeki

        Jewish Ally

        There is no control of aviation and law regulating the Airlines.
        went i take Flight from Juba to Bor, i release the plane we use is very old, it make lot of noise even door are start opening.if i was minister, i could have stop that commercial company or bring new plane if they want to operate in S.Sudan. that plane was having a conductor like matato who close doors in the air.

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  • 31 May 2012 10:38, by Tribe

    south sudan civil aviation(SSCA) should usher in some restrictive mandates to ensure safety of air travelers.If not don’t quickly, this scruplus businesses will reap profit off us and kill us ultimately.all aircrafts operating in SS should be inspected every 6 months and forced to hold a full coverage insurance by SSCA.If they are not abide to those requirements then their operation should be band

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  • 31 May 2012 16:38, by never

    Malong awan have a intention to killed this minster.
    that how they do it in Bhar el ghazel. may be his cousin SAlva told him that you going to take this position if you killed her. a man with 40-45 wife’s, 100-200 kids and 1000-2000 grand kids. you have to be the minister of agriculture in order to feed all these mouths. he his taking all the money of governorship but still malong never satisfie

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    • 31 May 2012 17:19, by Ayom Ayom

      Is it in your culture or in your community to kill women/ladies? why should Malong or Salva have an intention to kill their own sister/mother? you should blame Malong over his children. Northern Bar Ghazal has been a target/victim for civil war in Sudan,no matter how many children each peron can has in Awiel, they always scarfice their life to depend this nation.

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      • 31 May 2012 23:44, by never

        what sacrifice are you talking about? you guys with a term of cualcok in ethiopia/kakuma.looked at the way bhar el governorship has been run.your mps are stealing money days and nite.thinking of themselves rather than thinking of public need.there is no cualcok if you distributed money haven’t anyone tell u guys that.ican’tblame bh because inbhrz there isno different between agrown upperson@a

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  • 31 May 2012 20:33, by marie

    If the types of the cars owned by the government is to be sold, the government could a fleet of brand new cars. Alas! who has a brain RSS?

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