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Wednesday, 04 November 2015 - 15:24
Russian cargo plane crashes shortly after take-off in South Sudan 'killing 40 people' – just days after Metrojet disaster in Egypt
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A Russian plane has crashed shortly after taking off from an airport in war-torn South Sudan, reportedly killing 40 people.

Witnesses has told the tail fin of the plane and other parts were scattered along the banks of the White Nile River near the airport in the capital Juba.

Anonymous source stated at least 41 people have died.

A witness had stated he saw 41 bodies among the wreckage of the Antonov-12 aircraft which crashed just 800 meters from the runway. 

The plane may have had about 20 people on board, including crew and 10 to 15 passengers, while an unknown number were killed on the ground.

The main fuselage of the plane had ploughed into thick woodland, with debris scattered around the riverbank in a wide area.

Civil war broke out in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of planning a coup, setting off a cycle of retaliatory killings that has split the poverty-stricken, landlocked country along ethnic lines.

Fighting continues despite an August peace deal, but battles today are far from the capital.

The disaster comes just days after a Russian Metrojet passenger plane crashed in Egypt killing all 224 people on board. (Foreign)

Disaster: A picture posted online purportedly shows a Russian plane which crashed shortly after taking off from an airport in South Sudan, reportedly killing 40 people on board


Witnesses said the tail fin of the plane and other parts were scattered along the banks of the White Nile River near the airport in the capital Juba


A Russian-made Antonov-12 cargo plane like the one which crashed in South Sudan


Downed: The cargo plane was reportedly heading to Paloch in Upper Nile State when it crashed just 800 metres from Juba International Airport runway


Juba international airport (above) hosts regular commercial flights, as well as a constant string of military aircraft and cargo planes delivering aid to remote regions cut off by road

 

 

 

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