Plane Crash At Wau Airport, Dozens Feared Dead
South Sudan’s only operating passenger’s airliner, South Sudan Supreme Airliner crashed today afternoon while landing at Wau airport.
Body of the plane that crashed at Wau airport, 20/03/2017 [Photo by James Dimo]
By James Deng Dimo
WAU, 20 March 2017 [Gurtong] – Preliminary reports from the company said that the plane took off from Juba International airport with 44 passengers.
Confirmed reports say that at least 18 people have been rescued from the wreckage. Santino Deng, Wau State airline supervisor said clear information will however be release on Tuesday.
He said that all crew members have survived including two journalists working for South Sudan Radio services that were on board and now are at Wau teaching hospital.
Wau State Governor, Andrea Acho told reporters at Wau airport that a team of medical doctors and rescue personnel from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan in collaboration with national doctors have been deployed at the airport to confirm the casualties.
“Authorities at the airport are still investigating into the number of casualties into how many have died and those who have survived in this accident. Yes there are some people who have survived and there are many civilians now at the airport, we are bringing in a medical team,” said Acho.
“We have lost people but there are some passengers that survived. There are some people who have been taken to Wau Teaching Hospital and there are some people that survived and did not need any treatment, my condolences to the families who lost their family members. Tomorrow I will address you fully on how many died and how many survived,”
According to multiple sources, the plane crashed less than a minute before landing blaming it on poor weather condition.
The plane first hit a grounded fire brigade track which was parked at the airport before catching fire.
Red Cross and other health organizations are yet to confirm casualties as they were seen trying to rescue survivors.