Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

South Sudan: Passenger jet crashes onto runway, dozens feared dead

South Sudan: Passenger jet crashes onto runway, dozens feared dead

The plane, an Antonov 26, carried 44 passengers and had five crew members.

The South Supreme Airliner bursted into flames after crash landing at the Wau Airport at about 3 p.m. local time.

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Fire engines rushed to the plane when it crash-landed.

"That made the plane not to see the runway", Achieng said.

The flight was traveling to Wau from the South Sudanese capital, Juba, a local official told the BBC.

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 United Nations peacekeepers.

On social media, images appeared of the plane with smoke billowing from the wrecked fuselage. Most of the passengers were South Sudanese with two foreigners, one each from China and Eritrea.

A passenger plane has crashed at a South Sudan airport, reportedly injuring at least 14 people.

Presidential Spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny announced on state-owned radio that the injured will be transported to Juba to receive advanced medical care.

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