PLANE-crash, thirteen survive mishap

By Bullen Bala Alexander

At least thirteen people have survived a plane crash in Mundri, Western Equatoria State; an official working for the company confirmed the incident.

A commercial plane belonging to Middle Travel Aviation reportedly crashed while taking off from Mundri airstrip to Juba on a return flight.

Samson Sarefino, the branch Manager of Middle Travel Aviation in Mundri confirmed to Juba Monitor via phone from Mundri town on Saturday evening.

According to Sarefino the branch Manager, the plane left Juba and landed safely in Mundri but it crushed at a time when it was about to take off.

“Unfortunately in the process of takeoff, what the pilot told me was that in the process of taking off, the engine failed when it was one meter to take off and due to engine failure the whole system stopped and immediately the plane came down,” Mr. Sarefino explained.

According to Mr. Sarefino, there were 13 people on board when the crash happened and out of the13 passengers, one engineer sustained minor injuries when he was trying to open the door but the rest were all safe and in good condition.

“What happened is something which is unfortunate but I thank God for keeping people safe because all the 13 people in the plane came out safe though one person sustain minor injuries,” Mr. Sarefino added.

Plane crash in South Sudan has become a frequent case where several planes have crashed in recent years.

In August this year, a plane belonging to City Link Company crashed when one of it wing knocked a branch of a tree as it was trying to take off in New Fangak of Jonglei State. One pregnant woman had a miscarriage and seven other passengers survived the incident.

In the same month of August 2020, eight people lost their lives, while a single passenger survived with injuries when a cargo plane crashed into a farm in the Komiru area minutes after it took off from Juba International Airport.

In 2015, 36 people were killed when a Soviet-era Antonov plane crashed just after takeoff from Juba.

In 2017, 37 people had a miraculous escape after their plane hit a fire truck on a runway in Wau before bursting into flames.

Nineteen people were killed in 2018 when a small aircraft carrying passengers from Juba to Yirol crashed.

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