Juba,Sep 9 : At least 21 people have died after a commercial aircraft crashed into a lake on Sunday while attempting to land at an airport in central South Sudan. Three people reportedly survived.
The 19-seater commercial Baby Air plane had been travelling from the capital, Juba, the minister of information for the town of Yirol, Taban Abel Aguek said.
The three survivors are a 6-year-old child, an adult man and an Italian doctor with an aid organization who was in surgery and in serious condition, Aguek said.
Investigation are on to ascertain the cause of crash but as per initial probe the plane was overloaded.
The plane, which had taken off from the African nation’s capital, Juba, with 22 people on board, plunged into a lake next to a landing strip at Yirol airport – located 300 km to the north of Juba – due to lack of visibility, according to the county’s information officer, Taban Abel said.