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South Sudan: 10 Killed in Plain Crash

A team of investigators will on Wednesday be sent to the site of the crash to conduct preliminary investigations, according to Transport Minister Madut Biar Yel

Ten people, including the two pilots, died when a plane crashed Tuesday at an airstrip in South Sudan’s Jonglei state, the region’s governor said.

“It was with great shock and horror to receive the news of the plane crash (HK-4274) of South Sudan Supreme Airline that happened today the 2nd day of March 2021 at around 5.05 PM at Pieri Airstrip,” Governor Denay Jock Chagor said in a statement.

“Ten people including the two pilots lost their lives.”

A team of investigators will on Wednesday be sent to the site of the crash to conduct preliminary investigations, according to Transport Minister Madut Biar Yel.

The plane belonged to a local aviation company, the South Supreme Airlines. The firm has not yet issued a statement on the crash.

Jonglei State Governor Denay Jock Chagor said he received the news with “shock and horror” and sent condolences to the families and friends of the deceased.

South Sudan’s air safety profile is not yet rated by the International Aviation Safety Assessment Programme.

But the database on Aviation Safety Network (ASN) shows that at least 10 planes crashed in different locations in South Sudan between 2018 and 2020, which caused about 30 fatalities.