According to witnesses, only one passenger survived and was rushed to hospital in critical condition. 17 people have been confirmed dead.

“According to what I have witnessed, one person was rescued after screaming in pain and was immediately taken to the hospital. We have counted 15 people and two crew members, bringing the total to 17,” said Joseph Mayom, assistant professor at Upper Nile University.

The plane had taken off on the morning of Saturday, August 22, before it crashed near Hai Referendum residential area in Juba.

Interestingly, as the plane was burning, the first people to arrive at the scene were busy collecting scattered money. Confirming the 9am incident, director of Juba International Airport, Kur Kuol, said South West Aviation plane was en route to Aweil and Wau to deliver staff salaries for an organisation.

“There are no more details I can give you right now but what I know is that it was a cargo plane carrying motorbikes, spare parts, food items, and NGOs staff salaries but there were no more people onboard,” Kuol said.

He further said they had no information on the number of people who died and those who survived. Apart from the salaries, other items that were in the plane included motorcycles, tyres, batteries, fruits, spare parts and food items.

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