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Over 40 killed in plane crash, as Juba regrets the incident

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November 4, 2015 (JUBA) - Over 40 people are feared dead after a Russian plane crashed shortly after taking off from Juba International Airport Wednesday morning.

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The scene of a cargo airplane that crashed after take-off near Juba Airport in South Sudan on November 4, 2015 (Photo Reuters)

A government officials told Sudan Tribune there were about 50 people aboard of the cargo aircraft, further confirming reports that dozens have died.

The plane crashed on the eastern bank of the White Nile River not far from Juba airport.

The aircraft was heading to Paloch oilfields in Upper Nile state and the majority of the victims were oil workers, officials and sources told Sudan Tribune.

The South Sudanese government it’s conveyed regrets and condolences to the family members of the victims the plane that crashed shortly after its take off from the airport.

"This is unfortunate and regrettable incident”, South Sudanese undersecretary of transport and bridges told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday when reached to comment.

"That was a cargo plane. It was not a passenger plane. We don’t understand why people there were people on cargo plane. We will investigate but what is important now is to secure the site of the crash. We sent police, engineers, health workers and rescue team to move the survivors and bodies out”, he added.

Martin David said he was not sure of the exact number of the people dead though he has received reports indicating that more than 40 lives have been lost and only two people survived.

"I cannot give you the exact number. The aviation authorities working to ascertain the correct number but I understand 41 people have died. This is not unofficial report. The number could be less or more. Let us wait from aviation authorities”, said David.

The official was also quick to add that a child and an adult survived the terrible incident.

Meanwhile presidential spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny said president Kiir expressed regrets for the death and asked the family members of the victims to remain calm as the government takes appropriate measures to investigate the circumstances under which the cargo plane was used for passengers. Ateny said the president was still waiting for detailed report to establish from minister of transport and bridges and the aviation authorities to brief him on what transpired and how it could be handled.

“It will be some time before we establish exactly what has happened. But the information we have this morning at around 8:59 minutes South Sudan local time a Russian-built Antonov 12 registered from Tajikistan and piloted by a crew from Tajikistan that was chartered by Aliet service is the company that is operating the Antonov 12 was taking off from Juba bound for Paloich taking some assorted goods for the commercial purposes,” Ateny announced at a news conference held on Wednesday.

Ateny said the number of crew members were 6 and 12 passengers have died from a total of 18 people on board from whom people survived the incident, adding that the plane took an unusual way.

“The information we have is that the plane took off in a very abnormal way. The engines, according to an eyewitness, the left engine started to stop as soon as it took off and the other one took off simultaneously and plane started crashing,” he added. “It crashed some few meters before the shore of the river so it did not fall to the river, he said. “Now the survivors are only three. Another soldier is found; he is in critical condition and has been taken to hospital. The crew did not survive – all of them,” he explained.

Officials at aviation authority said the crew members were Armenians and a Russian.

Stephen Warikozi from the Civil Aviation Authority told reporters that the captain reported to the tower that the persons on board were 12 and fuel was enough for five hours and the crew of the aircraft is mixed: five Armenians and one Russians and tonnage of the aircraft is 15.5.”

The aircraft, according to the aviation official, carried registration number EY-406 and it was an Antonov 12-B. He declined to reveal why a cargo plane carried passengers.

“This is not the right to ask such a question. The investigation committee will be formed and it will investigate what happened and I think the committee will look at all those issues. What are doing now is how to help the situation. Now we have rushed to the site of the crash which is located southeast of Juba International Airport and the actual place is after the river and we have secured the site of the crash and also now we are in stage of recovering the bodies and black box”, explained Warikozi

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  • 4 November 2015 13:10, by Yei Top

    Any Evil plan against the New Tiger rebellion won’t succeed.
    The plane was taking weapons and fuel to fight the new rebellion. God is tired of u killing innocent citizens.
    Anyway three quarters are jenge men and women.
    Rest in Hell, soon your leader Kiir will follow u

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    • 4 November 2015 13:18, by Redeemer

      Yei Top
      There is no laughter in death cases around the world, don’t betray Shilluk people.

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      • 4 November 2015 13:56, by Yei Top

        Mr. Redeemer,
        Am not laughing but telling the truth. The Evil mind of Malong, Kuol manyang, Makui and their Massiah Kiir has started backfiring. God will not allow them to continuously kill His image/people. in another note, Mixing weapons, fuel and human beings is not professional as the crews were forced to fly their relatives to palouch.
        The worse is yet to come.

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      • 4 November 2015 16:13, by Kenyang

        Bro Redeemer,
        Thank for revoking that arrogant. Many aircraft go to Paloich daily, i don’t know how he was so sure especially at this hour. I’d wait for investigation.
        But as we speak, things are clear, useless Riek lost imaginary military victory and at any time will surrender himself, those eching for more violent won’t be different.

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    • 4 November 2015 13:24, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Due to no service done for long to the airplane it lead to the crush,May God rest the soul of the 40 or more victim in eternal peace -AMEN

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    • 4 November 2015 13:54, by Shadrack Chol Buoi

      In-fact am not totally happy with the situation in country south Sudan.
      I will be very surprised if terrorists did this. It’s just an unfortunate accident.
      Is this Plane belongs to Russian authority or it’s a South Sudanese cargo plane made by Russia?

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    • 4 November 2015 15:03, by Bentiu Sudan

      Yei Top,

      I agree with you. Congratulation to the airplane on quitting servicing Kiir’s government. You are the best airplane ever. Again, congratulation for quitting servicing Kiir’s tribal government.

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      • 4 November 2015 18:19, by Khent

        Bentiu Sudan
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        You’re ’congratulating’ the plane for crashing as though it were somehow sentient? You’re quite simply retarded in addition to being sadistic. The plane crashed because it carried more load than was recommended, resulting in this tragedy. You make it sound as though this was some kind of self-aware Jihadi plane, sacrificing its ’life’ in order to take down infinitely more enemies.

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        • 5 November 2015 10:14, by Bazinguaboy

          Good point, Khent. Today we mourn; tomorrow we investigate and then start pointing fingers later. Let’s try to fashion up, Bentiu Sudan. There were human beings who perished in that crash and among them were South Sudanese. How different are you from those people you claim do not value human life if you cannot spare a kind word for the people who perished in the accident?

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  • 4 November 2015 13:13, by Redeemer

    May they RIP

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  • 5 November 2015 11:30, by hamil

    @Yei top I am from central Equatoria but you are a horrible human being. This is a sad day for South Sudan those people who perished had souls, lives and blood like you have and for you to run your foul mouth like that is sickening. You are the type that need to be eliminated from the face of the earth not just South Sudan. Those people did not Perish in front line they lost their lives travelling

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  • 5 November 2015 23:48, by Gabriel KK

    No excuse whatsoever, this logistical company must be held accountable for the death of this innocent people. this was a cargo plane in the first place, why did they allowed or asked people to pay tickets for this 40 year old plane which is suppose to be in a Museum. anyway they are taking advantage of this lawlessness Country where politicians look after their stomach only.

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  • 6 November 2015 00:27, by dinkdong

    What is this with the South Sudanese government authorities using the word "regret" every time something like that happen? Do they really know what it mean or do they simply admitting such incidents were their faults? I don’t get it.

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  • 6 November 2015 06:38, by Agutthon

    Heads must roll from both ministry of transport and aviation authority. Nothing short of that will help. I urge the president to follow the same Nilepet example.

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