South Sudan Plane Crash kills 19

At least 19 people have been confirmed dead after a passenger plane ‘LET 410’ from Juba International Airport to Yirol of Eastern Lakes crashed into a river on Sunday.

South Sudan Plane Crash kills 19
The plane that crashed into Lake Yirol [Courtesy|Radio Miraya]

By Ojwe Lumara

JUBA, 09 September 2018 [Gurtong]-
The South West Airlines plane was hired by Baby Airline Service, a South Sudan Air company.

The deceased include crew members, adults and children onboard. Three survivors have been rushed to Yirol State Teaching Hospital for are medication, according to the Eastern Lakes Authorities.

Taban Abel Aguek, Eastern Lakes State Information Minister said the incident might have happened due to bad weather on Sunday morning.

“The plane crashed and killed 19 people on spot and three survived,” Abel confirmed saying that the passenger plane was also overloaded.

Mr Abil said fishermen in their boats were the first to arrive at the scene to retrieve bodies from the wreckage.

According to Baby Airline Service Operations Manager Mading Nhial, there were 22 people on board including four children and two crew members.

“Out of the 22 people, only three people survived but the rest perished including two pilots,” Mading said.  “There was misty snow which might have confused the pilot. The plane landed and did not crash. Only people drown and died,” he added.

Among the dead is the Eastern Lakes Provincial Bishop of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan Rev. Simon Adut Yuang, an Italian doctor, a Ugandan national identified as Twesigye Agrey, and an Ethiopian national.

 

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