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Passengers survive another tragic plane crash

Plane got out of the terminal and crashed while landing at Bor Airport. Photo: Chol Makol Riak

By Chol Makol Riak

Another plane has crash-landed in Bor of Jonglei State on Thursday, the second in the country in a month.

Authorities at Bor airport say the plane which was coming from Uror County crash-landed on Wednesday in Bor town.

Kuot John Akech, the Director of Bor Airport said the plane coming from the Yuait of Uror County to Bor airport was carrying 12 passengers.

“The aircraft was coming from Yuai, Uror county to Bor and supposed to head to Juba immediately, while landing it got a problem when it touched down, there was a strong wind (a cross wind) immediately after 100 feet it got out of the runway,” Kuot said.

He stated that, “among the 12 passengers plus the crew which is pilot and the co-pilot there was no any injury”.

Kuot said that the accident damaged one of the engine wings of the aircraft.

Plane crashes have been common in South Sudan.

This month, a plane carrying examination papers for primary eight candidates crashed in Agok Airstrip of Abyei region after it missed the runway.

A cargo plane crashed near Juba International Airport last November and left five people dead.

On 2nd March 2021, a Let L-410 Turbolet of South Sudan supreme Airline crashed in Pieri, Uror County on a domestic flight to Yuai Airstrip.

In August 2020, eight people lost their lives, while a single passenger survived with injures when a cargo plane crashed into a farm in the Kemiru area minutes after it took off from the Juba International Airport.

In 2015, 36 people were killed when a Soviet-era Antonov plane crashed just after takeoff from Juba.

In 2017, 37, people had a miraculous escape after their plane hit a fire truck on a runway in Wau before bursting into flames.

At least 19 people were killed in 2018 when a small aircraft carrying passengers from Juba to Yirol crashed. Several planes have crashed in recent years in South Sudan, a country emerging from a ruinous civil war that broke out in 2013 two years after it gained independence from Sudan.

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