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South Sudan investigating cause of plane crash


South Supreme Airliner plane burst into flames after crash landing at Wau airport on 20 March 2017 (UNMISS Photo)

March 21, 2017 (JUBA) - Relevant authorities in South Sudan are probing the cause of a plane crash, which injured scores of people.

Officials said on Tuesday that they were making efforts to pinpoint the cause of the incident in which reports suggests that engine trouble and bad weather could have caused the bizarre incident.

According to an airline official who visited the scene of the crash on Tuesday, the aircraft involved in the crash had undergone regular maintenance, including an “A-check” certification in October 2016.

It remains unclear whether some lives have been lost or not.

Authorities said they are still carrying out the search and checking with the booking officials and from where the plane left to find out the exact number of people who were on board, but other officials said they have not found dead bodies after carrying out a search.

The governor of Wau state, Andrea Mayar Achor told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday he has been in contact with the senior officials of the national government about the incident and how the cause could be established.

“I have been in contact since yesterday after this unfortunate incident occurred with the national ministry of transport and the civil aviation of South Sudan as well as our security personnel to help establish the actual cause of this unfortunate crash,” said Achor.

He further added, “We want to get the true information about what caused the crash. And this requires formation of a technical committee to investigate the cause, which our national government is doing. We will also participate as the state government”.

According to Acho, preliminary reports showed the aircraft appeared to have suffered failure in one of its two turboprop engines just before the crash, but this is to be confirmed by the probe team.

“I have been getting a technical briefing and I have been told that there was no technical error or human error. The crash was caused by bad weather. But I don’t whether this is true or not. There will be a proper investigation and the technical team will provide details of the investigation”, he said.

He further added that he received reports that the plane left the capital, Juba, with at least 44 people with official tickets and some people without official tickets on board.

The director of Wau airport, Stephen Kejo there were no deaths, but seven passengers were taken to the hospital, with three in a critical condition. There were earlier reports that 25 people were in the hospital.

The plane had successfully landed in Aweil and was on its way back to the South Sudan capital, Juba via Wau town where it crashed.

The manager of South Supreme Airlines told reporters Monday evening that the plane crashed, but said there were no casualties.

He said that he has communicated with the South Supreme Airlines manager in Wau who said that all the passengers had been removed from the plane before it was destroyed by the fire.

Images emerging from Wau show the mashed debris of the areophane and a fire engine trying to extinguish the fire.

South Sudan presidential spokesman, Ateny Wek Ateny released a press statement about the passengers of the plane but later retracted it after confirmation from the airline that the passengers had all gotten off the plane before it eventually burnt.

Ateny said he had not been fully informed about the crash and removed it once the details emerged.

The plane was carrying 49 passengers, 29 of them were taken to hospital for a checkup following the crash. Some of the victims are under treatment for shock, while others were discharged after a check-up.

Ateny said he received reports that the aeroplane crashed due to poor visibility on the runway which caused it to overshoot and accidentally knock a fire engine near the runway.

Meanwhile, the management of South Supreme Airlines has promised to compensate all the passengers for their lost properties.


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  • 21 March 2017 22:37, by Kuch

    The manufacturers of the plane with its flight recorder are the ones that are going to pinpoint the exact problem. However, other physical problems which might brought down the plane can be easily sorted out.

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  • 22 March 2017 00:31, by Naath

    I would like to give the plane thousands thanks for crashing because it full of criminals from Kiir camp.

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    • 22 March 2017 01:41, by Kuch

      Naath, you fellows blatant stupidity will never leave you people. But now they are not dead, what are you going to do now? Hey, Naath. Do you really know the meaning of the word "Naath/naas"? It is has nothing to do with you Nuers word. It is an Arab word to mean people. Your real name is "Nuer ke Nyantoc" a name that we the Jaangs/Dinkas gave you. But you Nuers just like to take things that you>>

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      • 22 March 2017 01:52, by Kuch

        people really know where they are from? Even the Shilluks/chollos, they even called their so-called king, "reeth/rees" that is steal an Arab word to mean ’king’ with the Monjaang/Jieng we called ’king’ Beny/benydit. So you fellows just took the word ’Naath’ to mean people, from other people. But your real name is ’Nuer’ The MonyJieng/Dinkas go rid of kings/Pharaohs eons ago>>>

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        • 22 March 2017 02:01, by Kuch

          But all these things are non of our businesses, you Nuers can called yourselves "Naath/naas" and the Shilluks/Chollos can called their ceremonial kings "reeth/rees". But the real issue here is: grow up fellows, stop your aimless armed rebellions and prepare your fields to grow your own damn foods>>>

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          • 22 March 2017 02:08, by Kuch

            this business of aimless armed rebellion and then blame the Dinkas/Jaangs isn’t going to be the way life should go on. Your Riek Machar even used to encourage some of you Nuers to stay in those filthy so-called UN POCs so that the US, the UK, the UN and the NGOs will always be supplying you fellows with free rations and free money>>>

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            • 22 March 2017 02:14, by Kuch

              The same thing was repeated by Gen. Thomas Cirilo who formed his own armed rebellion a week or so ago that the South Sudanese leave South Sudan for foreign countries and not to be under Salva Kiir. Who is going to go and accommodate and feed those South Sudanese in foreign countries? Pagan Amuom was even quoted last year in New York that our country should be given to the UN and the NGOs>>>

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              • 22 March 2017 02:19, by Kuch

                your own Riek Machar even want our country to invaded by UN, NGOs and our neighboring countries to come and remove Salva Kiir from power and put him, Riek Machar into power!! There many criminals from the US, the UK and some other countries who are posing as NGOs workers. But the criminals behind the current war in our country. They even encouraged some criminals in Yei to run to Uganda and then>>

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                • 22 March 2017 02:24, by Kuch

                  go and lie to their CIA, MI6 and other creepy agencies that they are being ethnically killed, raped by the government of soldiers simply for them to be resettled in the US or Europe. Well, they can go if they can. But their bullshits of always ambushing the innocent road users and killed them isn’t being entertained>>>

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                  • 22 March 2017 02:30, by Kuch

                    Some Nuers and some Equatorians, your US, the UK, the UN and these sleazy NGOs of theirs are here because they love you idiots. They are here for our resources, to occupy our country through the guise of the UN, humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping business bullshits and their hyped up human rights scams and then our country can then plundered like Congo, CAR, Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan>>>

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                    • 22 March 2017 02:35, by Kuch

                      and the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOS and some of creepy criminals in between to Geo-politically chess play our country and our people like they have Geo-optically chess played countries like Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and now Yemen. Simply because the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their criminals in between have found some of their willing idiots>>>

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                      • 22 March 2017 02:41, by Kuch

                        like your Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Thomas Cirilo to use as their puppets/stooges to crawl their evil selves into our country. The US, the UK, the UN and their sleazy NGOs are playing with fire. We don’t want their dirty intrigues in our country. The criminals are using their damn UN, humanitarian aid, peacekeeping and their usual hyped up human rights bullshits to occupy other people’s countries>>>

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                        • 22 March 2017 02:46, by Kuch

                          and colonize them. But here in South Sudan, we have never ever been fans of any evil on earth who think, he/she can stand over our necks. Their usual regime change business often work for them well in the Middle East, West Africa, Central Africa or South America countries. But right in South Sudan that dirty game is not going to happen under the sun>>>

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                          • 22 March 2017 02:49, by Kuch

                            the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs and some of their criminals in between love affair with our country and our people has gone too far and we are going to put a full stop to it. The criminals thought that they would be our new colonizers after the so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan. But they have step on the wrong people feet.

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    • 22 March 2017 04:49, by Kush Natives

      Naath, you criminals failed completely to defeat Kiir in battle field, so now wished everything to happen so that you take power? That’s clearly nonsense. If you’re a true citizen of this lovely country, You wouldn’t be mocking this incident! Now, every citizens in this country can see your animals hearts. How can people like this rule? Bunch of animals.

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  • 22 March 2017 06:21, by Eyez

    What good will an investigation do? The reasons that the plane crashed are obvious, firstly, it’s a 50 yrs old second hand aeroplane that was probably unworthy to fly anymore. Secondly, it must have not been serviced since S. Sudan bought it.
    If there are casualties, I will blame the no clear-headed MTN Jienge leadership for spending money on a piece of junk that was destined for the Wreckers.

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    • 22 March 2017 06:34, by village leader

      Ati investigation for cause of accident? Don’t they know that the plane Was the second hand and old one that had been used long time ago. I thought the govt is going to ban South Supreme airline but is just doing unnecessary things.

      Prevention is better than cure.Here in Juba, disaster is allowed to happen and later on people just rush to investigate it after more lives have been lost. E. g J1

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    • 22 March 2017 08:09, by Kuch

      Eye, just because it is a second hand plane doesn’t mean it cannot be used. Many over sixty-years planes in service are not just thrown away simply because they are over sixty-years old. They many of them are the ones that are used to drop you idiots the damn sorghum as cargo planes. What do you idiots know about planes anyway? All you idiots know is aimless armed rebellion and calling the>>>

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      • 22 March 2017 08:15, by Kuch

        the Dinkas/jiengs names 24/7 as your names of drinking ’marisa’. Planes all over world do crash and this not the first plane to crash idiots. And it was a miracle that no one was killed and what kind of animals are you fellows?

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        • 22 March 2017 11:30, by village leader

          Grow up and behave your age!

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  • 22 March 2017 06:41, by village leader

    I mean J1 war could have been avoided but no one cared. I can’t understand what people have been fighting for 21 yrs? There is no country like South Sudan in the World where corruption is too much like this. I feel disappointed.

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  • 22 March 2017 08:04, by john akeen

    Now I started to believe that we as south sudanese people we are the most haters in this world and the most foolish peoples in our country right now is Rebels, who are not trying to give anyone a chance accept Reik Machar. And I believe President Salva Kiir is God of SS land because if anything happens SS he gets blames for it. So if anything happens in SS just blame it on the God of SSUDANESE>>

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    • 22 March 2017 08:23, by john akeen

      Salva Kiir, he knows everything’s that is going to happen today and tomorrow. So my question is how many countries in this world had an airplane crashes? If a lot of countries do they ever investigate after the crash?

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      • 22 March 2017 12:32, by village leader

        Kiir knows how to drink and mess the country.

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        • 22 March 2017 17:47, by john akeen

          You’re so so stupid dumb and fool

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  • 22 March 2017 18:00, by village leader

    Keep on kissing Kiir ass and keep on saying Kiir Oyee and one day you will say Kiir "mawo".Kiir aye angula cin Piou.

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    • 23 March 2017 09:45, by john akeen

      Just go and kill yourself man. I don’t have time to argue with you kiir oyee SPLA oyee, are you happy now. You’re the most stupid person on this universe that speaks nonsense. You’re so dumb dude

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  • 23 March 2017 04:49, by AbuDeng

    AD: Key questions to ask: was the pilot(s) trained/licensed AND/OR attended a proper (regionally or internationally certified) aviation flying school/academy.

    Second, is the pilot(s)/the airline connected to President directly via family or inlaws or indirectly...?AD

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