A payload plane shipping cash for the UN’s World Food Program has slammed close to the South Sudanese capital, Juba, murdering eight of the nine individuals on the spot, the authorities said.
Four of the dead from the accident were South Sudanese, two were from Tajikistan and the other was from Ukraine, President Salva Kiir said in a sympathy message. The survivor is receiving medical attention at a health facility.”We are for the most part profoundly disheartened and similarly upset for the groups of the individuals who lost their lives in this deplorable mishap,” the president composed.
The accident happened not long after take-off from Juba International Airport.The plane, an Antonov 36 was sanctioned by Opportunity Bank to convey compensations for WFP staff in Wau, the capital of Western Bahr El-Ghazal state.
“I have been told the figure was $35,000 (£26,700). This is the cash lost as the plane smashed and consumed to cinders,” Madut Biar Yel, South Sudan’s Transport Minister, told the BBC’s Nichola Mandil in Juba.
A council has been set up to examine the cause of the incident, he added.