South Sudan Red Cross has revealed that
all the five people aboard the cargo plane which crashed near Juba International Airport on Tuesday are dead.
The organization said all the five bodies were burnt beyond recognition.
“We have collected five bodies burned beyond recognition. We will hand the bodies to the authorities,” the Red Cross said Tuesday afternoon.
The Antonov AN26 had just taken off from the airport when it crashed on Kondokoro Island, two kilometers east of the airport, local media have reported.
Without revealing names, authorities identified the deceased as four crew members – two Russian engineers and two Sudanese pilots – and an agent.
According to a local radio station,the Antonov which belongs to Optimum Aviation Limited, was carrying 28 drums of diesel to Maban County, Upper Nile State.
Records available indicate that the crash is the second in two years to happen moments after takeoff from the Juba International Airport.
Also, a similar crash in November 2015 killed at least 37 people.
Reports also say that the Russian Antonov AN-26, which were manufactured in 1969 had been black listed by the Flights Safety foundation in 2006.
In May 2021, the South Sudan Civil Aviation Authority is said to have ordered all airline companies operating Antonov An-26 to cease operations until further notice due to multiple fatal crashes.