President Kiir condoles families of the plane crash victims

Wreckage of the cargo plane that crashed in Juba on  22nd August 2020| Credit: David Dhal Malual AFP

The president of South Sudan has issued a statement condoling families of the people who died in the plane crash in Juba, Radio Tamazuj says. A cargo plane crashed in Kameru village in Juba on Saturday morning after a short takeoff from Juba international Airport.

“I know that it is hard to cope with the tragedy of this nature, but let us work hard to find the cause of this accident and use the lessons learned from it to prevent the occurrence of similar tragedies in the future,” the statement.

Eight people including crew members lost their lives. The aircraft was chartered by the World Food Program and was destined to Wau in Western Bahr El-Ghazal state. The statement said the investigation has been launched into the cause of the plane crash.

South Sudan leader directed the South Sudan’s Ministry of Transport and Aviation to assess the aircrafts operating in South Sudan against the international standards.

The statement noted many air accidents in South Sudan.

“There have been too many air accidents in this country and it cannot be business as usual when it comes to the issue of safety of air travelers, because lives are at stake,” he said.