41 killed in South Sudan plane crash

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JUBA: Several people were killed Wednesday when a plane crash-landed shortly after taking off from South Sudan’s capital Juba, an AFP reporter said.

The plane crashed onto a small island in the White Nile river, close to Juba airport.

Several small farming communities live on the island, and it was not clear if some of the victims were people who were on the ground when the plane hit.

“Cargo plane heading to Paloch in Upper Nile State crashed just 800 metres from Juba International Airport runway,” reported Radio Miraya, a UN-backed station.

The radio said up to 40 people may have been killed, adding that airport officials had told them only three passengers had survived.

An AFP reporter at the scene said he could see people trying to search for survivors and carry “several” bodies out of the wreckage.

The main fuselage of the plane had ploughed into thick woodland, with debris scattered around the riverbank in a wide area.

Juba’s airport is the busiest in the war-torn country, which is the size of Spain and Portugal combined but with few tarred roads.

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