A commercial plane crashed late Tuesday in South Sudan, killing all 10 people on board, according to the governor of Jonglei state
Ten people including eight passengers and two pilots lost their lives after South Supreme Airlines flight HK-4274 bound for the capital Juba took off from the town of Pieri in Jonglei state and crashed, said Denay Jock Chagor.
“Our prayers are with their families and loved ones. On my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Jonglei state and the nation, I share this condolence message with the affected families and friends in these hours of grief,” Chagor said in a condolence message released by his office.
“It was with great shock and horror to receive the news of the plane crash of South Supreme Airlines that happened today, the 2nd day of March 2021 at around 5 p.m. at Pieri Airstrip,” he added.
Meanwhile, South Sudan News Now, a local newspaper, reported that the plane crashed in Jonglei State’s Uror County several minutes after leaving for Juba from Pieri’s airstrip, which lies to the north of the capital, with all eight passengers and two pilots on board being killed.
The plane crashed in the outskirts of Pieri Payam region at 5 p.m. local time (7 p.m. GMT), the paper said.
The plane is a commercial aircraft operated by South Sudan Supreme Airlines, according to local sources.
“Yes, we had a plane that was leaving, but it has not returned so far (19:30). The airport said the plane did not arrive, but it was supposed to return to Juba tonight. We do not know what happened.” — said the general manager of South Supreme Airlines.
Aircraft accidents are very frequent in South Sudan
Minutes after taking off in Juba in August 2020, a cargo plane crashed on the farm in Kemeru region, 8 people died and 1 person was injured. In 2015, shortly after taking off from Juba, the Soviet-era Antonov aircraft crashed and 36 people died. In 2018, a small passenger plane carrying passengers from Juba to Yirol crashed and 19 people died in the accident.