Juba, Sep 9: More than 16 people have died after a plane crashed into a river in South Sudan, said the media reports reaching here.
The chartered aircraft was ferrying close to 20 passengers from Juba International Airport to the city of Yirol in Eastern Lakes State when the disaster struck on Sunday. “We are still removing bodies from the water because the aircraft fell into a river,” an agency quoted a witness as saying.
Radio Miraya, an FM station owned and operated by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), quoting the governor of Eastern Lakes State, reported that only three people survived the crash.
Among the dead is an Italian doctor and a bishop, said a report of the Daily Nation. In the photos posted from the crash site, residents of Yirol can be seen attempting to save lives inside the wreck of the plane that was partially submerged. (UNI)