BOR- A light aircraft belonging to World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday crashed in Jonglei as it was returning from Buma payam in Pibor county bordering Ethiopia where it had taken humanitarian staff for a mission.
The director of civil aviation in Bor, Kuot John Akech, said the plane crashed at Ajargeer, a semi-desert area 28 miles away from Bor.
He said the Caribbean-made plane was carrying five passengers and crew members when it crashed at 3:22 PM local time.
“We sent helicopter to bring passengers and all the seven people who were on board were evacuated safely to Bor and finally to Juba,” Akech said.
He explained that since the area was open, it was possible for the pilots to maneuver and crash land.
“They are lucky people because that area is open, there are no trees in that area,” Akech added.
He said they are still investigating the real cause of the crash.
Another WFP plane to crashed in Jonglei last year.
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Friday, 7 September 2012