south sudan air crash

A passenger aircraft with 44 people on board has been destroyed after bursting into flames following a crash landing at a south Sudan airport…but everyone survived the disaster.

The South Supreme Airlines plane crash landed at the airport in the north-western city of Wau during bad visibility today and 14 people are reported to have been injured.

A huge inferno which engulfed the stricken plane after the crash, destroyed all but the tail section of the aircraft and an investigation is underway to determine what went wrong.

Eyewitnesses reported that the plane had overshot the runway and the weather conditions may have played a part in the accident.

Huge plumes of thick black smoke was seen billowing from the plane but amazingly everyone on board was able to make it off the plane alive.

Fire engines were quickly at the scene and they were photographed soaking the smouldering wreckage with water.

State information minister Bona Gaudensio said: “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.”

Gabriel Ngang, manager of South Supreme Airlines, said the plane had taken off from the capital Juba and the crash happened at around 3pm local time.

Initial reports said that it was feared that the passengers were killed in the crash but officials later confirmed that everyone – passengers and crew – made if off the plane alive.

South Supreme Airlines is a South Sudanese airline that launched in September 2013. It flies three times a week between Juba, South Sudan, and Entebbe, Uganda.