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Plane Reportedly Crashes In South Sudan

International Business Times logo International Business Times 20/3/2017 Chris Riotta

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UPDATE: 10:44 a.m. EDT — A South Supreme Airlines airplane reportedly crashed at the Wau Airport in South Sudan Monday while carrying 44 passengers. The commercial flight was traveling from South Sudan’s capital Juba to the northwestern region of South Sudan, BBC Africa reported Monday.

Images shared across social media showed the plane beginning to burn up in smoke. It remained unclear as of about 10:30 a.m. EDT whether any passengers had been wounded or killed, though Reuters reported several victims had been injured in the crash landing.

Original story:

A passenger plane reportedly carrying nearly 44 passengers crashed at Wau Airport in South Sudan Monday, though it wasn't immediately clear whether the commercial flight was landing or taking off from the tarmac. Photos spread across social media showing a plane apparently burning out its engine and going up in smoke as workers and crowds gathered to survey the damage.

Images showed the plane's tail end had been separated from the commercial vehicle and was clouded in smoke as teams rushed to spray the area down with large hoses. 

Wau Airport is a civilian international hub located in the third-largest city in South Sudan, Wau, the capital of the northwestern region known as Bahr el Ghazal.

Several people were reportedly injured in the South Sudan airport crash, according to India Today, citing a Reuters dispatch on Twitter. 

This is a breaking news story. Check back for developments.

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