The World Food Program has distanced itself from a cargo plane that crashed in Juba on Saturday. The plane owned by local operator, South West Aviation crashed, killing eight people who were on board and injuring one, according to government officials.
The plane crashed in Kameru village shortly after taking off from Juba International Airport. It was heading to Wau in Western Bahr el Ghazal state. It was reported that the plane was hired by World Food Program but in a statement seen by Radio Tamazuj on Tuesday, the UN agency said the plane was chartered by one of its service providers.
“The aircraft did not belong to WFP and was not chartered by WFP to move cargo. The Antonov aircraft was chartered by Galaxy Star International, one of several service providers in South Sudan holding contracts with WFP and other UN agencies,” WFP said.
WFP stated that the plane crash did not affect its operation in the country.