A Russian-built cargo plane Antonov An-12 crashed shortly after takeoff in South Sudan’s capital, Juba. At least 36 people killed. The plane hit the ground in 800 meters from the airport, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to Reuters.
The Civil Aviation Authority said the number of dead was still being counted.
Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told Reuters the plane was carrying 18 people, including the six foreign crew, according to official documents. He said 15 of them died and three South Sudanese nationals survived, including a child.
Officials said the plane belonged to freight and logistics firm Allied Services Ltd. Officials at the company could not immediately be reached for comment.
“We have rushed to the site of crash which is located near the airport, southeast of Juba International Airport (across) the river,” said the chief executive of the Civil Aviation Authority at Juba airport, Stephen Warikozi.
“We have secured the site of crash and also we are in the stage of recovering bodies and black box,” he said. “We are still now recovering the dead bodies and we cannot give you the exact number.”
The presidential spokesman said the six crew were comprised of five Armenians and one Russian. He said all the others on the flight were South Sudanese.
Armenia’s Foreign Ministry confirmed that five of its citizens who were members of the crew died in the crash. It cited its embassy in Egypt.