South Sudan plane crash: ‘Dozens killed’ near Juba airport

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The scene of a cargo airplane that crashed after take-off near Juba Airport in South SudanImage copyrightReuters
Image captionThe plane came down on the east bank of the River Nile

A cargo plane has crashed on take-off near the international airport in South Sudan’s capital Juba, with at least 25 killed.

Some reports put the death toll as high as 40.

It is unclear how many of the victims were on the plane and how many were on the ground.

Juba’s Radio Miraya says the Antonov plane was heading to Paloch in Upper Nile State and crashed just 800m (half a mile) from the runway.

Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told Reuters news agency that there were at least two survivors, a crew member and a child.

A spokesman for Russia’s diplomatic mission in Uganda said they were in contact with South Sudanese officials over the plane crash, following reports that the dead included the five-member Russian crew, AFP news agency reported.

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Cargo planes to remote parts of South Sudan often carry passengers too.

The Antonov State Company is a Ukrainian aircraft manufacturing company. However, it is not yet clear where the plane was built.

People gather at the site where a cargo plane crashed into a small farming community on a small island in the White Nile riverImage copyrightAFP
Image captionThe crash left a tail fin and lumps of fuselage strewn in the vegetation close to the water
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