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Plane crash in S. Sudan town leaves scores injured


Body of the plane that crashed in Wau on 20 March 2017 (ST photo)

March 20, 2017 (JUBA) - An Antonov AN-26 commercial aircraft on Monday crashed in South Sudan’s Wau town, primarily reports indicate there are no human causalities only several people injured.

The actual cause of the crash remains unclear.

The South Supreme Airlines was carrying more than 50 people when it hit the runway while trying to land on arrival at Wau airport from Juba.

Reports from Wau say the plane landed safe but due to the bad weather conditions, the pilot hit a truck of the fire brigade at the airport.

Local officials told Sudan Tribune on Monday that the plane was carrying several high-ranking military and government officials going to different states in Bahr el Ghazal region.

An official from the civil aviation authority in Wau town confirmed the incident, saying it was unfortunate. The eyewitness claimed the plane crashed and burst into flames.

“It is an unfortunate incident. The plane crashed while I was approaching the airport because I was expecting my friend, who has a letter from Juba to deliver to me. It crashed while attempting to land and immediately in burst into a flame”, a witness told Sudan Tribune from Wau airport.

Survivors were pulled from the burning wreckage after the passenger plane crashed at Wau Airport on Monday afternoon.

Wau Governor Andrea Acho told reporters at Wau airport that a team of doctors and the rescue personnel from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan in collaboration with national doctors have been deployed at the airport to treat the injured passengers.

He further said that authorities at the airport are still investigating into civilian casualties.

We want to find out how many died,” said Acho.

Photos taken by people at the airport showed the scorched wreckage of the plane in pieces as it was surrounded by emergency services, airport personnel and UN peacekeepers.

Smoke filled the air as firefighters arrived at the scene of the air disaster and poured water on the plane’s smouldering remains.

South Supreme Airlines is a South Sudanese airline which began operating in September 2013, with a handful of flights every week between South Sudan and neighbouring Uganda.


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  • 20 March 2017 23:17, by Akol Liai Mager

    Thanks and praise is Lord Jesus Christ for saving lives at this Crash. South Sudan is full of lives’ takers and Jesus has just neutralised this one and so thankful for that. I was so worried when I saw it from other News that 44 people were dead, but this news here has come as a big relief. May the wounded persons recover in peace.

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    • 21 March 2017 06:42, by Theallseeingeye

      Akol Liai
      I hope from now on you we should be absolutely certain about the reliability of Sudan Tribune.

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    • 21 March 2017 07:44, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      The reports on crashed Antonov on surviving people is wrong, the really report is that all those on board are completely dead.

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  • 21 March 2017 00:24, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    That is the wage of sinners in Juba.

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  • 21 March 2017 04:05, by village leader

    Why denying the truth? First report was 40 people dead. Here in South Sudan anything can happen. It is very ironical a new country can start with second hand things:old planes of 1930s, old war tanks and old and broken matatus which are very dirty and they are not cleaned. It is only God which will protect us since our president is sleeping on job, so the other sectors are also sleeping too. The b

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    • 21 March 2017 05:17, by padiit gaga

      Military officials were flew by this plane,most of them died but GOSS does not true always when death is connected to soldiers.

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    • 21 March 2017 06:49, by jengelon

      Village Leader
      That’s true South Sudan became a dumping place our authorities are blind,drunk,looters & busy rapping women while allowing countries especially the neighbors to dump their waste,garbage in our country the very old Air planes,over edge Pilots,old opposite drive cars all are in SS in presences of Kiir corrupt government PRAY NOW God the almighty Please bless SS but after 500yrs

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  • 21 March 2017 06:02, by Eyez

    The truth will surface soon or later, if there are any casualties.
    I concur with the comment from Village Leader above, which states that, S. Sudan is buying almost every thing as second hand.
    That doomed plane might not even been serviced since it was bought, not forgetting that, as a second hand, it has been used and abused like a whore.
    Jienge are useless and clueless idiots, stupid MTNs.
    X 1

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  • 21 March 2017 06:32, by Eastern

    The SPLA-Occupation is a well known peddler of lies and intrigues. SPLA doesnot allow free flow of information hence the contradicting figures of casualties or those rescued. SPLA-Occupation is a farce!

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    • 21 March 2017 06:51, by Lango2010

      there are idiot in this forum who are born rebel from there mothers womb, refusing to admit the truth is a chronic sickness a sin. instead of thanksgiving to the Living God, evil wishers are altering useless statement, if you are a concern citizen there is nothings like MTN, Korfa or Sinner from Juba. want your day come whether you are sinner or Holy, go must go.

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    • 21 March 2017 08:30, by South South


      You can wish death to South Sudanese as you want, but that plane crashed no single one died, Plane crash can take place anywhere in the world. It’s not South Sudan government problem alone, but you people who call yourselves rebels are very desperate to find anything including lying to make South Sudan government looks bad.

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  • 21 March 2017 06:58, by Theallseeingeye

    "team of doctors and the rescue personnel from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan in collaboration with national doctors have been deployed at the airport to treat the injured passengers" why is always the gov evolve "UN" in their affairs. I think they should literally let UN rule this country

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  • 21 March 2017 07:24, by Kush Natives

    Very sad to hear that.

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  • 21 March 2017 07:30, by john akeen

    I never thought one day we south sudanese people will be more stupid has we are right now. And I have never thought that one day we will be free from arab world. I never thought that one day we will wishes death among ourselves or to wish to someone to die. But to tell you the truth, we all as south people we don’t know politics.

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  • 21 March 2017 07:41, by real Dinka

    Why not Salva Kiir and Riek AMchar were crashing with that plane so that this country will for all free from those power greedy people like.

    I support peace and their step aside

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    • 21 March 2017 10:40, by padiit gaga

      Real Dinka

      I heard some news about those who were died some of them are miied military commanders with high ranks,but the authority said their names must not be announced,their relatives will be told that they were changed to other location for three years.

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  • 21 March 2017 08:09, by Kush Natives

    That’s unfortunate indeed! If most of our idiots still don’t understand this, in stead of paying tribute to the decayed, they seem celebrating. What’s this? SS must stop buying from black markets! Why risking our citizens? Is there’s any reason why SS don’t acquired a new and existing modern technology equipment? How can we call this a technical problem, while these are already exhausted engines

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    • 21 March 2017 16:01, by nuer food lovers

      A plane on a flame and still talking of survival.. Only Daniel and Jesus will prove this miracles.. If you figure out government failure, they said you more dangerous than Riek machar.. We see Kiir mayardit taking people of South Sudan to promise land of hell.

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  • 21 March 2017 09:58, by village leader

    Before, the country had alot of dollars but greedy politicians loot them instead of building hospitals, constructing roads, connecting electricity and establishing water treatment plant.

    One day Kiir will regret when he will suddenly sick of stroke but there is no hospital which can come to his rescue speedily since Juba hospital is not well equipped.

    Am not a rebel.

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