Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

19 people killed in South Sudan aircraft crash

19 people killed in South Sudan aircraft crash

A commercial plane from Juba, the capital, crashed Sunday in a lake in South Sudan.

"The number of people we have confirmed dead is 19 people and four people survived", said Abel, adding that two children were among the survivors as was an Italian citizen.

At least six people have died after a plane crashed into a river in South Sudan.

"There were people everywhere", the minister said of the crash site.

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The causes of the accident are for the moment unknown.

"The plane crashed and killed 17 people and we have three survivors", Abel told Reuters by phone from Yirol.

The plane was ferrying passengers from Juba International airport to the city of Yirol of which 3 of the passengers were internationals, a Ugandan and an Ethiopian who also died.

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.

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At least 22 people were aboard the flight from the capital Juba's worldwide airport to the city of Yirol when it crashed.

Abel said the Anglican Bishop of Yirol, Simon Adut, was confirmed among the dead.

Radio Miraya posted a picture on its Twitter account of the twisted wreckage of the plane submerged in water.

Several crashes have occurred in war-torn South Sudan in recent years.

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