Dozens feared dead after plane crashes onto runway during landing

South Sudan

A passenger plane has crashed at a South Sudan airport, reportedly injuring at least 14 people.

Images circulating on social media show the empennage of a turboprop aircraft, apparently featuring South Supreme Airlines livery.

All 43 passengers and six crew members have survived the plane crash that occurred in the northern South Sudan town of Wau on Monday afternoon, local authorities have confirmed.

The plane crashed at South Sudan's Wau Airport. The pilot couldn't control it, " said Stephen Youngule, Wau's Acting Airport Manager and Deputy Director of Air Traffic Services.

Witnesses have said that smoke was seen coming from the back of the plane before it crashed and bursted into flames, reported Express, citing a local journalist Deng Dimo.

Ateny Wek Ateny, the South Sudanese presidential spokesperson, was quoted as saying: "It is miraculous, completely". Ateny said the plane overshot the runway when it encountered fog around 2 p.m. local time and caught fire when it hit the ground. "There are only minor injuries". The crash is believed to have occurred when the plane came down to land after flying from Juba to Wau. In late February, a famine was declared in the country and more than 1 million people are at risk of starvation.

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