JUBA (AFP) – A small plane crash kills 19 people in South Sudan on 9 September (Sunday), into a lake in the centre of South Sudan, while four people including two children survived, said government official Taban Abel Aguek.
There were 23 people on board the flight that departed Juba International Airport in the morning. “When it arrived the weather was so foggy and when it tried to land it crashed into Lake Yirol adjacent to Yirol town,” said State information Minister Taban Abel.
“The whole town is in shock, the shops are closed, some people have taken their relatives for burial. It is a commercial plane that crashed,” he added.
One of the survivors, an Italian doctor working with a charity, was in stable condition and flown to Juba having undergone surgery in Yirol, the minister said.
Several crashes have occurred in war-torn South Sudan in recent years. In 2017, four passengers were injured when a plane crashed into a truck trying to land in the city of Wau amid bad weather.