A cargo plane with five occupants crashed shortly after take-off in the southern Sudanese capital

An Antonov-26 cargo plane with five people on board crashed on Tuesday shortly after taking off from the airport in the southern Sudanese capital, Yuba, the authorities confirmed.

Yuba International Airport’s general manager Kur Kuol pointed to a “technical problem that cannot now be explained,” adding that the plane was flying towards the city of Maban.

“At the moment there are no confirmed victims, but there was only one crew,” he said in a statement to Radio Tamazuj. The airline has declined to comment on the incident pending investigations into what happened.

A cargo plane with five occupants crashed shortly after take-off in the southern Sudanese capital
A cargo plane with five occupants crashed shortly after take-off in the southern Sudanese capital

The incident occurred about six months after another plane crashed in the southern Sudanese city of Pieri, Uror County. There have also been four more aircraft accidents in the African country in the past six years.

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