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Thursday, 5 November 2015

Photos: Another Russian Cargo Plane Crashed In South Sudan, 41 Dead, Baby Among Survivors


This is the astonishing moment a baby was pulled alive from the wreckage of a cargo plane which crashed in South Sudan, killing up to 41 people.The boy was plucked from the mangled fuselage after the aircraft came down near a river, scattering debris and bodies across remote farmland.



He was one of only two survivors pulled from the crash, but the other one later died.
The Russian-made Antonov-12 aircraft crashed along the banks of the White Nile River this morning barely a mile from the airport in the capital Juba.
Amid conflicting reports, the death toll ranged from 25 to 41 as humanitarian workers and investigators began combing the crash site.
The plane, which had been bound for the Paloich oil fields in Upper Nile state, was registered in Tajikistan and belonged to Allied Services Limited, said Ateny Wek Ateny, a spokesman for South Sudanese President Salva Kiir.
A spokesman for the Armenian Foreign Ministry, Tigran Mkrtchian, confirmed five Armenian crew members died.
Besides the five Armenians, a Russian crew member also died, Ateny said.
He said 10 people on the ground were killed. But witnesses and first responders said no one had been present in the swampy farm plot when the plane came down.
‘There were 12 passengers and six crew members, including five Armenians and one Russian, on board the AN-12 plane that crashed in South Sudan,’ Mr Atney said, adding that all passengers were Sudanese.
A Ukrainian diplomat in Kenya said five Russians were on the aircraft.
‘It is known that the plane belonged to a private company and was Russian-made. The cargo plane was carrying out a transportation request of some oil company.
‘According to preliminary data, 12 people were on board. Five of them were Russian citizens, the nationality of the rest is being determined,’ said third secretary Alexander Kalinchuk.
Mr Ateny said the plane had been bound for the Paloich oil fields in Upper Nile state, where rebels and government forces have been battling for control.
Bashir Yashin, who saw the plane come down, said it seemed as though the plane might crash into a market area before the pilot apparently diverted.
Russian TV channel LifeNews quoted an unnamed source at the Russian aviation agency as saying the plane appeared to have been overloaded and that it was made in the Soviet Union in 1971.
Officials said the plane belonged to freight and logistics firm Allied Services Ltd, but staff at the firm could not immediately be reached for comment.
‘We have rushed to the site of crash which is located near the airport, southeast of Juba International Airport (across) the river,’ said the chief executive of the Civil Aviation Authority at Juba airport, Stephen Warikozi.
‘We have secured the site of crash and also we are in the stage of recovering bodies and the black box,’ he said. ‘We are still now recovering the dead bodies and we cannot give you the exact number.’
It is common for the security services to put family members on the cargo planes to Paloich even if they are not on the manifest, according to Kenyi Galla, assistant operations manager for Combined Air Services, a company that operates chartered flights across South Sudan.
The doomed flight was not chartered by his company, Mr Galla said.
‘Normally (this flight) used to carry 12 people, but the problem is they added more people,’ he said. ‘This plane is just for cargo, not for passengers. It was just chartered for goods.
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