South Sudan plane crash: 17 dead after horror river plunge

South Sudan plane crash: 17 dead after horror river plunge

An overloaded commercial plane has crashed into a lake in South Sudan, killing 18 people.

Several other passengers are still missing from the wreckage which was thoroughly quelled by water after the plane came into contact with the river.

Emergency services attend the scene of a cargo plane crash which killed all four Russian crew members in the capital Khartoum, Sudan Monday, June 30, 2008.

Overloading of planes is common in South Sudan, and this was believed to have contributed to the crash of a Soviet-era Antonov plane upon takeoff in Juba in 2015 which left 36 people dead. The aircraft was described by officials as having 19 passenger seats and said it crashed while on approach to the airport in Yirol.

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It crashed into the Yirol River, south of the aerodrome, and 19 bodies were recovered by local fishing boats, according to respected website The Aviation Herald.

State information Minister Taban Abel stated that the plane had carried a total of 22 people.

"When it arrived the weather was so foggy and when it tried to land it crashed into Lake Yirol adjacent to Yirol town". Taban further stated that one of the survivors, an Italian doctor was in critical condition earlier and underwent surgery in Yirol hospital and he is now in stable condition. Its so sad. Many people on board are feared dead.

Among the dead were at least three children and the bishop of Yirol, authorities said.

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