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At least six people killed when plane loaded with cash crashes in South Sudan

At least six people killed when plane loaded with cash crashes in South Sudan
Written by Harry S. Johnson

Antonov An-26 aircraft carrying cash and food to the city of Aweil in the northwest of South Sudan has crashed shortly after takeoff from the airport in the cuountry’s capital of Juba.

Videos and photos circulating on social media show smoke rising from the pieces of fuselage strewn across the crash site. Witnesses also reported seeing several bodies.

Juba Airport Director Kur Kuol Ajieu told Anadolu that eight people were on board the plane, but he had no information as yet about the casualties. Witnesses are saying they saw six bodies, and one person was rushed to a hospital. Meanwhile, other reports say that as many as 17 people may have been killed.

Aijeu said that the aircraft was carrying motorbikes and food, as well as money to pay the salaries of NGO workers. The Aviation Herald website also reported that the plane was loaded with cash intended for “wages.” A witness told the media that people on the ground rushed to collect the money scattered across the wreckage.

In 2017, an An-26 passenger plane coming from Juba caught fire after landing in the city of Wau and, despite the aircraft being completely destroyed, all 45 people on board were rescued. A more tragic incident occurred in 2015, when an An-12 cargo plane crashed shortly after taking off from Juba, killing 37.