Wau, March 20: A passenger jet carrying 45 people crash-landed in South Sudan's north-western city of Wau on Monday, leaving at least 14 people injured, government and airport officials said.
News report says at least nine people have been pulled out alive of the airplane. However, local media reported that all on board were feared dead.
BREAKING: Plane carrying 44 passengers crashes in South Sudan
BREAKING: Plane carrying 44 passengers crashes in South Sudan— The Spectator Index (@spectatorindex) March 20, 2017
South Supreme Airlines had begun operations in September 2013. "The weather is not good. Visibility was not good up to now and (the plane) was landing from the east to west then it just crashed (off) the runway. The pilot I think was not seeing the runway well," said Paul Charles, an engineer at Wau airport.
Fire engines have been rushed to the site of the plane crash. Some photographs of the airplane from the scene show fire engines trying to douse the fire from the wreckage. Images circulating on social media showed thick black smoke billowing from the aircraft, which was completely burned out except for the tail, clearly bearing the insignia of local carrier South Supreme Airlines.
"Right now we have the ambulance which has just come out from the airport and we have received 14 patients being rushed to hospital in stable condition," said State Information Minister Bona Gaudensio. It was not clear if the rest of the passengers were alive or dead.
BREAKING: A South Supreme Airlines plane has crash landed at Wau airport in South Sudan; at least 9 pulled alive many passengers feared dead pic.twitter.com/3LHZpZdDYB
BREAKING: A South Supreme Airlines plane has crash landed at Wau airport in South Sudan; at least 9 pulled alive many passengers feared dead pic.twitter.com/3LHZpZdDYB— News_Executive (@News_Executive) March 20, 2017
"There were 40 passengers and five crew (on board) that is all. I don't have any information," said Gabriel Ngang, the manager of South Supreme Airlines. He said the plane had taken off from the capital Juba.
(With inputs from agencies)