At least 11 people have been confirmed dead after a commercial plane crashed in the South Sudan’s Eastern state of Jonglei on Tuesday March2.
The affected passengers include two pilots in the South Supreme Airlines flight HK-4274 bound for the capital Juba.
The plane was according to reliable reports crashed in the town of Pieri in Jonglei state while setting off for the capital city Juba.
Denay Jock Chagor, the state governor has told reports that the plane took off from the town of Pieri in Jonglei state and crashed few minutes after the flight.
“It was with great shock and horror to receive the news of the plane crash of South Supreme Airlines that happened today, the 2nd day of March 2021 at around 5 p.m. at Pieri Airstrip,” he added.
He further expressed condolences to the families whose persons perished in this horrific accident.
“Our prayers are with their families and loved ones. On my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Jonglei state and the nation, I share this condolence message with the affected families and friends in these hours of grief,” Chagor said in a condolence message released by his office.
According to Kur Kuol, the director of Juba International Airport, the incident occurred in an area with poor network connectivities something that has delayed report on the casualties.
“The airplane crashed in a region where there is no network coverage, so it was difficult to confirm the exact number of casualties,” he added.