This article was last updated on May 27, 2022
By Jok P Mayom
JUBA 11 November 2015 [Gurtong] – Four Crew members survived a World Food Program (WFP) chartered aircraft that crash landed near Malakal airstrip in Upper Nile State on Tuesday.
“A WFP Chartered Aircraft crash-landed after takeoff in Malakal. The only people on board were the four crew members who are all alive and have been safely rescued”.
“We believed none of the crew members was seriously injured” he said.
The Communication’s officer said, “The aircraft was chartered by WFP for logistic cluster which transports relief food on behalf of the entire humanitarian community”.
He said that the plane had gone to Malakal to offload its cargo in Malakal and was heading to Wau before crashing.
“It was taking off and then it crash landed just after the bank of the Nile near the aircraft. They didn’t go far” he stated.
Asked about the technicalities that led to the crash of the humanitarian aircraft, George said,
“We are working with the aircraft operator and South Sudan Civil Aviation Authorities and other parties to determine what caused the incident”.
According to the source from Malakal to Gurtong, the plane crashed on Tuesday in Malakal at 15:45 hrs.
On November 04th, 2015 an aircraft EY-406 carrying passengers from Juba International Airport to Palouch airstrip in Upper Nile State crashed a few minutes after takeoff leaving 41 people dead with only two survivors.
The Antenov 12B aircraft belongs to Allien Air Service Cargo.