|Published : 21 Mar 2017, 10:36:09|
Plane crashes in Sudan, all 49 passengers survive
A passenger plane crash-landed and burned at Wau city in northwestern South Sudan on Monday, but all 49 passengers and crew survived, airport official said.
The plane was landing but then crashed, said Wau's Acting Airport Manager Stephen Youngule.
"The plane touched down and then jumped up again. The pilot couldn't control it," said Youngule, who is also Deputy Director of Air Traffic Services.
"I saw it until the very last moment before the fire engulfed the aircraft," the deputy director said.
When the plane crashed, its door flew open, which allowed the pilot and rescue crews to get everybody out, he said. Those with injuries were taken to Wau's hospital for treatment, said Youngule.
The plane, an Antonov 26, carried 44 passengers and had five crew members, said Youngule.
UN peacekeepers worked with local emergency workers to evacuate passengers from the plane, according to David Shearer, head of the UN mission in South Sudan.
Peacekeepers from Bangladesh, Nepal and China helped in the emergency work, he said, according to AP.