UN associated cargo plane carrying salaries crash killing eight people instantly in Juba, South Sudan

 

Cargo plane carrying UN salaries crash
Cargo plane carrying UN salaries crash. FILE

 

UN World Food Programme associated cargo plane carrying money crashes near the South Sudanese capital, Juba, killing eight of the nine personalities on board, the authorities say.


"Four people were South Sudanese, two were from Tajikistan and the rest from Ukraine," President Salva Kiir said in a condolence message.


“We are all profoundly saddened and evenly distressed for the families of those who lost their lives in this tragic accident,” the president stated.


The crash occurred quickly after take-off from Juba International Airport.


The plane, an Antonov 36 was chartered by Opportunity Bank to carry salaries for WFP staff in Wau, the capital of Western Bahr El-Ghazal state.

“I have been told the figure was $35,000 (£26,700). This is the money lost as the plane crashed and burnt to ashes,” Madut Biar Yel, South Sudan’s Transport Minister, told the BBC’s Nichola Mandil in Juba.
A panel has been set up to investigate the incident, he added.

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