Passenger plane with 44 on board crashes in South Sudan

A South Sudanese plane with about 42 passengers on board crashed on Monday afternoon after landing at the airport in Wau town, killing at least five people, witnesses said.

A South Supreme Airlines airplane reportedly crashed at the Wau Airport in South Sudan Monday while carrying 44 passengers.

Rescue work is being carried out.

Despite local reports saying dozens of people were feared dead, an aid worker near the scene told Reuters: 'No one died but there are a number of injured people right now'.

Nine people have been pulled from the wreckage alive, according to Eye Radio Juba.

Photos from the scene show fire engines at the scene of the horrific incident. Visibility was not good up to now and [the plane] was landing from the east to west then it just crashed [off] the runway.

Paul Charles, an engineer at the airport, told AFP news agency that visibility was poor when the accident took place.

  • Leroy Wright