LWF 5Y-BVQ Plane Crushes At Mabior Airstrip In Twic East

This article was last updated on May 27, 2022

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A plane chattered by Lutherans World Federation (LWF) has crushed and killed two crews members on board. The LWF plane was transporting relief supplies to Panyagor in TwicEast County of Jonglei State but it crush before landing at the airfield at about 10 am.  Officials say that several buildings, located south of the airstrip, were damaged by the plane.

Jonglei state’s Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) Director Gabriel Deng Ajak said plane was loaded with food and non-food items.
“Some were food items somewhere non-food items and some were medicines. The LWF has been charteringplanes and delivering some humanitarian assistance by roads, but due to the current road condition there were no option but to chatter a flight to take the humanitarian items to the IDPs in Panyagor,” Deng Ajak told Gurtong today.

Deng Ajak said that the LWF incident is the first incident of its kind since LWF began their mission in Jonglei state.

Deng Garang, an eyewitness who was at the airstrip said plane crushed when it bypassed airstrip because itfront wheel was not released. “Plane did not land on the first approach; so it went around but  when it returned to land, it was already swaying in the air but it abruptly dive down at a high speed, tried to climb again but crushed,” he said.

Garang said the plane which crushed 20 meters from the airstrip caused a lot of damage to resident structure near the airstrip, destroying two houses as it broke into three pieces. 

Bol Ajang, a passenger on the plane, survived because he was sitting in the back of the plane; but the two crew members who were sitting in the front died in the crush. There were only three people on the flight

Deng Garang urges the county authorities to relocate residents away from the airstrip. But Deng Ajang urges all air companies which are operating in South Sudan to comply with international aviation protocols. He says some planes in South Sudan are very old and are not meeting standard of aviation regulations.

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