This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
All passengers of the Antonov 26 plane belonging to South Sudan Supreme Company that crashed on Monday in Wau while landing have survived.
WAU, 21 March 2017 [Gurtong]-The plane that was flying from the capital, Juba, to Wau crashed at 3.40pm on Monday afternoon and immediately caught fire.
Wau Health State Minister, Bona Guandensio said out of the 49 passengers who were on board 6 were badly injured and are still receiving treatment at Wau Teaching Hospital.
Some of the survivors who spoke to Gurtong said that the plane begun experiencing problems from the time it took off from Juba.
“What I know so far is that the plane was overloaded, the civil aviation authority should be careful in monitoring the flights particularly the commercial flights. They must make sure that each should not take more than 20kgs. But then again even if one has more than that, they only asked the passenger to add money as a charge of the luggage which is not favouring the lives of passengers,” said John who survived the crash.
Another passenger said that they received a warning just before the plane crash landed.
“Before the plane landed, it was turning from side to side which indicated to us an early warning that the plane was not going to land safely,” she said.
Red Cross and other health organizations including UNMISS peacekeepers were involved in the rescue operation yesterday following the crash-landing of the plane.