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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

South Supreme Airlines of Sudan crashed while landing and burnt. Amazingly not fatalities


The plane, carrying 49 passengers and crew, crashed while landing at Wau airport in South Sudan. Picture: Facebook/Komakech Jackson Cirino
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A PASSENGER plane has crash-landed and burned in South Sudan — and all 49 passengers and crew survived.
The plane was landing on Monday in Wau in the country’s north west, but then crashed, said Wau’s Acting Airport Manager Stephen Youngule.
“The plane touched down and then jumped up again. The pilot couldn’t control it,” said Youngule, who is also Deputy Director of Air Traffic Services.
“I saw it until the very last moment before the fire engulfed the aircraft.”
Onlookers view the crash site. Picture: AFP PHOTO
Onlookers view the crash site. Picture: AFP PHOTOSource:AFP
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When the plane crashed, its door flew open, which allowed the pilot and rescue crews to get everybody out, he said. Those with injuries were taken to Wau’s hospital for treatment, said Youngule.
He said the plane, an Antonov 26, carried 44 passengers and had five crew members.
On social media, images appeared of the plane with smoke billowing from the wrecked fuselage.
United Nations peacekeepers worked with local emergency workers to evacuate passengers from the plane, according to David Shearer, head of the UN mission in South Sudan.
Miraculously there were zero fatalities. Picture: AFP PHOTO
Miraculously there were zero fatalities. Picture: AFP PHOTOSource:AFP
Peacekeepers from Bangladesh, Nepal and China helped in the emergency work, he said.
The plane was from South Supreme Airlines, a South Sudanese carrier. It was making a trip from Juba to Wau, in northwestern South Sudan when it crashed.
Most of the passengers were South Sudanese with two foreigners, one each from China and Eritrea.
Since 2013, South Sudan has been embroiled in a civil war that has killed at least 50,000 people. In late February, a famine was declared in the country and more than one million people are at risk of starvatio

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