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Passenger plane crashes at airport 'leaving 44 people dead'

Mirror logo Mirror 2017-03-20 Anthony Bond

As many as 44 people are feared dead after a plane crash landed and split into pieces at an airport in South Sudan.

Passengers were pulled from the burning wreckage after the plane belonging to South Supreme Airlines crashed at the north-eastern town of Wau on Monday.

Photos showed the scorched pieces of the plane as the crash site was surrounded by emergency services, airport personnel and UN peacekeepers.

Smoke filled the air as firefighters arrived at the scene of the air disaster and poured water on the smouldering remains.

Everyone on board was feared dead, local media reported.

It is understood that the doomed flight had originated from the airport in Juba, the country's capital.

South Supreme Airlines is a small carrier that began operating in September 2013, with a handful of flights every week between South Sudan and neighbouring Uganda.

It was formed with two Fokker 50 aircraft from Feeder Airlines, which ceased operations following a crash landing at Wau Airport on March 29, 2012.

The crash scene © Rex The crash scene

In that incident all 50 passengers and crew survived.

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