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Several feared dead in Wau plane crash

Author : Hellen Achayo | Published: Monday, March 20, 2017

A commercial plane crashed this afternoon in Wau Town, killing several passengers.

Eye Radio’s reporter Deng Dimo says some passengers on board are feared dead but the number is not yet clear.

“The plane was blowing smoke from the tail…,” Dimo reported. “But when it touched the ground, it immediately burst into a huge flame.”

Due to poor visibility in Wau, the pilot “missed the runaway” and hit a fire engine, an eyewitness said.

The Director of Wau Teaching Hospital, Dr. Edmond Sebit, says several people injured in the plane crash have been taken to the health facility for treatment.

Red Cross Wau branch manager Leon Arkanjelo said they have rescued 16 survivors.

For his part, Wau Airport Director Stephen Kejo said there were 44 passengers on board plus 5 crew members. Among the passengers were 5 little children.

The plane belonged to South Supreme Airline. The cause of the crash is yet to be known.

However, other sources on the ground claim that no one died in the crash.

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