Plane splits into pieces after crashing in South Sudan

Dozens of people are feared dead following the crash, while at least 14 people have been pulled from the wreckage and taken to the hospital
  • As many as 45 people were on board the small plane when it crash landed
  • The plane crashed in South Sudan's north-western city of Wau on Monday 
  • Several people on board the South Sudanese airline's plane are feared dead
  • At least 14 people have survived the crash and have been taken to hospital 

A passenger jet crash-landed at an airport in South Sudan's north-western city of Wau on Monday, leaving at least 14 people injured, a local official said. 

As many as 45 people were on board the small South Supreme Airlines plane when it split in two at about 3pm local time. 

It was initially feared that dozens of people were dead following the fiery crash, but the manager of South Supreme Airlines said that no one had died. 

Gabriel Ngang, the manager of South Supreme Airlines, told The National Courier that there were no casualties, and that everyone on board had been removed from the plane before it caught fire.  

Meanwhile, an aid worker near the scene told Reuters: 'No one died but there are a number of injured people right now.' 

 As many as 44 people were on board the small plane, belonging to a South Sudanese airline, when it crash landed at an airport in South Sudan's north-western city of Wau on Monday

As many as 44 people were on board the small plane, belonging to a South Sudanese airline, when it crash landed at an airport in South Sudan's north-western city of Wau on Monday

 Dozens of people are feared dead following the crash, while at least 14 people have been pulled from the wreckage and taken to the hospital

Dozens of people are feared dead following the crash, while at least 14 people have been pulled from the wreckage and taken to the hospital

At least 14 of the 40 passengers and five crew members were injured during the crash landing. 

'Right now we have the ambulance which has just come out from the airport and we have received 14 patients being rushed to hospital in stable condition,' said State Information Minister Bona Gaudensio.  

Images circulating on social media showed thick black smoke billowing from the aircraft, which was completely burned out except for the tail, clearly bearing the insignia of local carrier South Supreme Airlines. 

A local official told BBC that the plan was coming from the country's capital, Juba, when it crashed.  

 Photos from the scene show fire engines dousing the wreckage with water as dozens of onlookers stood nearbyIt is still unclear how many people had to be pulled from the wreckage
 Photos from the scene show fire engines dousing the wreckage with water as dozens of onlookers stood nearby
 The tail of the plane was separated from the rest of the passenger plane when it crash landed

The tail of the plane was separated from the rest of the passenger plane when it crash landed

There is no immediate reason as to why the plane crashed, but an engineer at Wau airport suggested that the weather was 'not good' at the time of the incident.  

'The weather is not good. Visibility was not good up to now and (the plane) was landing from the east to west then it just crashed (off) the runway. The pilot I think was not seeing the runway well,' said Paul Charles, an engineer at Wau airport.  

South Supreme Airlines is a South Sudanese airline that launched in September 2013. 

The airline operates flights three times a week between Juba, South Sudan, and Entebbe, Uganda.     

 A local official said that the plan was coming from the country's capital, Juba, when it crashed

A local official said that the plan was coming from the country's capital, Juba, when it crashed

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