South Sudan

S. Sudan: Plane Crash Grounds Flights At Juba Airport

viagra 40mg geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The accident disrupted commercial and evacuation flights as fighting between the country’s security forces and army mutineers led by sacked Vice President, Riek Machar, rages on in different parts of South Sudan.

The front wheel of the plane which was coming from Khartoum, according to eye witnesses, burst resulting into a massive crash with the tail remaining up.

The commercial plane said to belong to Navo Airlines, has disrupted all the activities at the airport delaying people, mainly foreigners and Southern Sudanese with international passports, who are fleeing from the current violence in Juba.

The airport had just reopened a day ago with fewer commercial flights but overwhelmed by exiting passengers and group evacuations by countries like United States and United Kingdom.

It’s likely going to take a couple of hours or even a day for the airport to be cleared again for use but experts say, if it was in an organised airport, the impasse could be solved in four hours using specialised equipments.

The photo of the plane was posted on Twitter at around 2pm, showing a burst tyre.

Emergency service trucks could be seen around the aircraft apparently preparing to drag it off the runway.

The cause of the accident remains unclear. No damage or fatalities have so far been reported.

Reports show that hundreds of expatriates are still stranded in the airport’s lounge since other aircrafts can’t take off considering that Juba Airport has only one runway.


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