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Cargo airplane crashes in South Sudan, at least 5 people killed (PHOTOS)

18:29, 02 November 2021
Cargo airplane crashes in South Sudan, at least 5 people killed (PHOTOS)

A small Russian cargo airplane An-26 crashed in the South Sudan capital city of Juba shortly after the take-off on Tuesday, the Radio Tamazui reported.


At least five people were reported dead including two Russian nationals and crew members. The local division of the Red Cross said that the found body was “burned beyond recognition”.

The Head of the Juba airport Kur Koul said that the airplane belonged to the local company Optimum Aviation. The plane was carrying drums of fuel to Maban County in Upper Nile State. It’s unclear what was the cause of the crash as the authorities launched an investigation. 

In August 2020, another An-26 crashed in South Sudan as well, 8 people were found dead. In 2015 there was one more accident, the plane collapsed nearby the Juba airport, 36 people died.