Dozens Injured in S. Sudan Plane Crash

By Agencies

A plane has crashed in South Sudan carrying 44 passengers.

Initial reports from local news sources suggested that everybody on board had been killed in the crash, but there are now details emerging that everybody survived.

The South Supreme Airliner came down at Wau Airport at around 3pm local time.

“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,” said State Information Minister Bona Gaudensio.

Firefighters rushed to the scene and pictures show the burned out wreckage of the plane with just the tail-fin visible.

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

“About 17 to 18 people injured in the incident were taken to hospital.” said James Dimo Deng, a journalist in Wau.

The crash is believed to have happened when the plane came down to land after flying from the capital Juba to Wau.

Authorities are yet to give details of the number of casualties, but South Sudan’s Eye radio is reporting that nine people were pulled alive from the wreckage to be taken to hospital.