South Sudan plane crashes, all passengers and crew survive

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A plane belonging to a small South Sudanese airline crash-landed at an airport in the northwestern town of Wau on Monday.

An airport official in Wau, South Sudan, says the passenger plane crash-landed and burned, but all passengers and crew survived.

Acting Airport Manager in Wau, Stephen Youngule, said the plane touched down and then jumped up again before crashing.

Youngule said the plane’s 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.

The plane was from South Supreme Airlines, a South Sudanese carrier. It was making a trip from Juba to Wau, in northwestern South Sudan when it crashed. Most of the passengers were South Sudanese with two foreigners, one each from China and Eritrea.

Forty-four passengers were on board the plane belonging to South Supreme Airlines, officials at the carrier told journalists.

Story by Reuters and The Associated Press.