Commercial aircraft carried 43 people, 25 of whom sustained various injuries


WAU, South Sudan – A South Supreme Airlines plane crash-landed in poor weather at an airport in South Sudan, injuring 25 people on board.

No one died in the accident at Wau airport located in the country’s northwest territory, prompting the South Sudanese government to describe it as a miracle.

“It is miraculous, completely. There are only minor injuries. There was no single death,” said South Sudanese presidential spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny.

The plane came from the capital city of Juba and was carrying 40 adults and three children, according to Wal Achieng, an official of South Supreme Airlines in Wau.

Based on reports, Ateny said the pilot overshot the runway and the plane landed on an unpaved area. The plane’s right wing hit a car and then fire started at the right side of the aircraft.

The plane’s pilot opened the rear door and the crew managed to evacuate all those on board, he added.

Authorities at first failed to locate all of the passengers because they fled the scene immediately and many also thought there were no survivors because of the fire that engulfed the plane after it crash-landed.

Twenty-five passengers were brought to hospitals in Wau for various injuries.

Achieng, meanwhile, poor weather for the accident. “The weather was not good,” he said. GAC/Expat Media


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