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Plane Crashes in South Sudan; Many Feared Dead, Injured

A passenger plane has crashed at an airport in Wau, South Sudan, with local reports saying injured people have been rushed to hospital.

“No one died, but there are a number of injured people right now,” one of the local aid workers near the crash scene had earlier told Reuters.

Little is known of the cause of the crash and the exact number of injuries has not been confirmed so far.

The South Supreme Airlines plane crash-landed on the runway of Wau Airport on Monday, with photos of the wreckage quickly being shared by witnesses on social media. Images from the scene show the smoking charred wreckage of the plane fuselage and the intact tail.

Witnesses said the pilot had overshot the runway.

State Information Minister Bona Gaudensio said: “Right now we have the ambulance which has just come out from the airport and we have received 14 patients being rushed to hospital in stable condition.”

Of those on board the flight from capital Juba, 40 were passengers with five confirmed as crew.

 

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