News Plane Crashes Update News — 20 March 2017

UPDATE 07:08 a.m. EDT – All 49 passengers, crew survive South Sudan plane crash

When the plane crashed, its door flew open, which allowed the pilot and rescue crews to get everybody out, Youngule said.

“The weather is not good,” Paul Charles, an engineer at Wau airport, told Agence France Presse. “The pilot I think was not seeing the runway well.”

The injured were rushed to local hospitals. Dr. Edmond Sebit, director of Wau Teaching Hospital, told Eye Radio Juba that several people injured in the plane crash have been taken to the health facility for treatment.

“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,” State Information Minister Bona Gaudensio told AFP.

UPDATE: 11:07 a.m. EDT — Several passengers of a South Supreme Airlines flight were injured Monday after the commercial plane crash landed at Wau airport in South Sudan, though nobody was reportedly immediately killed in the incident.

Images from the scene were shared across social media, showing the commercial vehicle’s tail end separated from the rest of the plane, which was clouded in smoke on the small airport’s tarmac.

“No one died but there are a number of injured people right now,” a local aid worker told Reuters Africa Monday.

UPDATE: 10:44 a.m. EDT — A South Supreme Airlines airplane reportedly crashed at the Wau Airport in South Sudan Monday while carrying 44 passengers. The commercial flight was traveling from South Sudan’s capital Juba to the northwestern region of South Sudan, BBC Africa reported Monday.

Images shared across social media showed the plane beginning to burn up in smoke. It remained unclear as of about 10:30 a.m. EDT whether any passengers had been wounded or killed, though Reuters reported several victims had been injured in the crash landing.

Original story:

A passenger plane reportedly carrying nearly 44 passengers crashed at Wau Airport in South Sudan Monday, though it wasn’t immediately clear whether the commercial flight was landing or taking off from the tarmac. Photos spread across social media showing a plane apparently burning out its engine and going up in smoke as workers and crowds gathered to survey the damage.

Images showed the plane’s tail end had been separated from the commercial vehicle and was clouded in smoke as teams rushed to spray the area down with large hoses.

Wau Airport is a civilian international hub located in the third-largest city in South Sudan, Wau, the capital of the northwestern region known as Bahr el Ghazal.

Several people were reportedly injured in the South Sudan airport crash, according to India Today, citing a Reuters dispatch on Twitter.

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