Plane Crash in South Sudan Injures 25 People

Plane Crash in South Sudan Injures 25 People


Plane CrashA plane crash, at Wau airport in South Sudan, injured at least 25 people on March 20, 2017. The commercial plane left Juba and was headed to the capital, Wau, when it made a crash landing in bad weather. Fortunately, there were not any deaths reported. Out of the 25 people who were injured 18 have been sent home.

The plane crash happened because it overshot the runway, due to fog, around 7:00 a.m. ET. Juba is in the southern region of the country. The plane was traveling northwest.

“It is miraculous completely,” said Ateny Wek Ateny, the South Sudanese presidential spokesperson, about the plane crash. “There are only minor injuries. There was no single death.” All passengers were evacuated before the plane caught fire and was engulfed in flames.

According to Ateny and Wal Achieng, an official at South Supreme Airlines in Wau, a total of 43 people were on the flight. Achieng reports that 40 of the victims, of the plane crash, were adults and three were children.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2001. It has struggled through war, political instability, and famine in the short time it has been a country.

More than 12 million people live in South Sudan. It is a diverse country populated by several ethnic groups. Their dominant faiths are Christian and animist. The latter of which is a belief that natural objects, phenomena, and the universe possess souls.

Written by Kristen Gray-Stevens
Edited by Tracy Blake


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