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An Antonov An-26 crashes In South Sudan

A cargo plane carrying five people crashed on November 2nd 2021 near South Sudan’s Juba International Airport. The Antonov An-26 plane was taking off from the airport for Maban, South Sudan, when the crew declared an emergency three minutes into the flight. The plane crashed and exploded into flames less than a nautical mile from the runway’s end. The five members of the crew were all killed.

An Antonov An-26, registration TR-NGT, was apparently flying a freight mission from Juba to Maban, carrying numerous barrels of diesel and other small supplies. There were five crew members on board, including the pilots.

The plane took off from runway 13 at 10:33 a.m. local time this morning. However, the crew quickly ran into issues and declared an emergency three minutes later. The plane crashed at 10:37 a.m., barely 0.7 nautical miles from the end of runway 13, on the other side of the White Nile River.

According to Red Cross reports, the five bodies were burnt beyond recognition, implying a quick and huge fire. Smoke plumes could be visible for miles, and the crash scene was scarcely recognizably as an airplane.

For more than 10 years, South Sudan has been plagued by a protracted and debilitating conflict that has diverted resources away from the construction of essential infrastructure such as highways connecting its communities. Due to a dearth of land transportation options, many vital items are flown between conurbations, frequently in older, poorly maintained aircraft.

Several deadly crashes have occurred in the country in recent years. An Let L-140 passenger jet crashed in March, killing ten persons. This follows the accident of an An-26 freight jet in August of last year, in which up to 17 persons were reportedly killed. A propellor fell off an An-26 on approach to Juba earlier this year. Fortunately, no one was injured.

Since the country’s independence in 2011, 87 individuals have died in aircraft accidents, according to the EastAfrican. According to the report, IATA wrote to the country’s civil aviation authority in February of this year, requesting that safety standards be implemented.

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