A baby boy miraculously survived a cargo plane crash in South Sudan’s capital Juba on Wednesday.
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The baby is believed to be one of three survivors in a plane crash that occurred shortly after takeoff, killing up to 41 people. However, the exact number of the deceased is unknown, as they are still recovered from the plane wreckage.
Rescuers carry a baby who was pulled from the wreckage of a cargo plane that crashed in South Sudan, killing dozens of people
Sudanese officials report about 18 people onboard, 15 of whom died, while a Reuters correspondent counted 41 bodies at the site and the South Sudan Red Cross had informed about more than 35 collected bodies.
South Sudanese officials cross the river in a boat to take an injured man and baby to hospital from the crashed Russian cargo plane in Juba
Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said the six crew members were comprised of five Armenians and one Russian, while other passengers were locals. He also confirmed that three people, including a child less than a year old and an elderely woman, had survived the crash.
Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said the plane had been bound for the Paloch oil fields in Upper Nile state when it crashed
This information was refuted by South Sudan’s transport minister, who said only two people had been found alive, but one of them later died. It is not yet clear what caused the crash, there are assumptions about engine failure and the plane overloading.
Officials investigate the scene of a cargo plane that crashed after take-off near Juba Airport in South Sudan on Wednesday
Kenyi Galla, assistant operations manager for Combined Air Services said:“Normally (this flight) used to carry 12 people, but the problem is they added more people. This plane is just for cargo, not for passengers. It was just chartered for goods.”
Locals gather at the site where a cargo plane crashed in South Sudan shortly after taking off from Juba airport, killing at least 25 people
The disaster comes just days after a Russian Metrojet passenger plane crashed in Egypt killing all 224 people on board.
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