Plane Crash-lands at Aweil Airstrip

A plane carrying returnees from Sudan to Northern Bahr el Ghazal state crashed last evening at Aweil airstrip. The plane was contracted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the government of South Sudan to airlift the South Sudanese to Aweil.

Plane Crash-lands at Aweil
The plane wreckage at Aweil airstrip. [Abraham Agoth]

By Agoth Abraham

AWEIL, 16 November 2012 [Gurtong] -No casualties have been reported with exception an injury on a girl’s arm and she was rushed to the hospital for immediate medication.

The returnees were part of thousands of vulnerable people from South Sudan who were living in Sudan and are being airlifted by humanitarian agencies.

There were 57 people on board and the plane overturned.

Speaking to the journalists at Aweil airstrip where the incident occurred, Brigadier Madut Dut Yel, the deputy Governor for Northern Bahr el Ghazal state and now an Acting governor said South Sudanese citizens in Sudan are interested in coming back to their home country and that while on the plane, an incident occurred but it ended without death.

He credited the work of the pilot for saving the lives of the returnees.

 “The plane is a steel-made, and something that occurs inside can’t be blamed on anyone, but the pilot has done a great work. He has saved the lives of our people, and now we are proud that we have our 57 people who have come back today without anyone dead during the today’s incident. I thank the Pilot for doing that, and our airstrip is protected and security is provided there,” he said.

Most of the passengers were shocked by the incident.

Some of these 57 returnees will head to Wau and others will remain here in Aweil.

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