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Plane carrying 44 people crashes in S Sudan airport

International Desk |
Update: 2017-03-20
Plane carrying 44 people crashes in S Sudan airport
Plane carrying 44 people crashes in S Sudan airport

DHAKA: Dozens of people are feared dead after a passenger plane crashed at an airport in Wau, South Sudan.

The South Sudanese National Courier newspaper carried photos showing the burned-out wreck of the plane on the tarmac at Wau Airport, reports the Independent.

Initial reports suggested as many as 44 people had died in the crash.

An aid worker near the scene of the crash told: “No one died but there are a number of injured people right now.”

Forty-four passengers were on board the plane belonging to South Supreme Airlines, officials at the carrier told journalists.

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

Photos from the scene show fire engines dousing the smouldering wreckage with water.

One official told Agence France Presse at least 14 people survived the crash, while a radio station in Juba reported nine people had been pulled out alive and rushed to hospital.

A local official told the BBC the plane was coming from the capital, Juba.

BDST: 2145 HRS, MAR 20, 2017

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