At least 49 injured in plane crash – lands in S Sudan

WAU, SOUTH SUDAN - MARCH 20: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - "UNITED NATIONS MISSION IN SOUTH SUDAN / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Firefighters and soldiers belonging to United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) try to extinguish the fire at the plane, which took off from Juba with 44 passengers, after it crashed while landing on Wau Airport in Wau, South Sudan on March 20, 2017. (Photo by UNMISS - Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The plane was landing but then crashed, said Wau’s Acting Airport Manager Stephen Youngule.

“The plane touched down and after that hopped up once more. The pilot couldn’t control it,” said Youngule, who is likewise Deputy Director of Air Traffic Services. “I saw it until the last minute before the fire inundated the flying machine.”

At the point when the plane slammed, its entryway flew open, which permitted the pilot and protect groups to get everyone out, he said. Those with wounds were taken to Wau’s doctor’s facility for treatment, said Youngule.

The plane, an Antonov 26, conveyed 44 travelers and had five team individuals, said Youngule.

On social media, images appeared of the plane with smoke billowing from the wrecked fuselage.

U.N. peacekeepers worked with local emergency workers to evacuate passengers from the plane, according to David Shearer, head of the U.N. mission in South Sudan. Peacekeepers from Bangladesh, Nepal and China helped in the emergency work, he said.

The plane was from South Supreme Airlines, a South Sudanese transporter. It was making an outing from Juba to Wau, in northwestern South Sudan when it smashed. A large portion of the travelers were South Sudanese with two nonnatives, one each from China and Eritrea.

Since 2013, South Sudan has been embroiled in a civil war that has killed at least 50,000 people. In late February, a famine was declared in the country and more than 1 million people are at risk of starvation.