Khartoum Plane Crashes On Juba Runway

Reports from Juba, South Sudan indicate that a plane has crashed on the city’s airport runway. The incident happened about 30 minutes ago.

No serious injuries or deaths have occured as a result of the plane crash. The plane is believed to have been from Khartoum, Sudan and was attempting to land. The aircraft is a Boeing 727.

The crash brings to a halt any attempts to use the airport for evacuation of foreign nationals in Juba which started yesterday.

The airport, closed since Sunday when fighting broke out in the South Sudan capital, had opened for limited flights on Wednesday.

Several regional airlines had confirmed they would be using the airport to evacuate their nationals as and whenever possible.

An airline official indicates that the plane crash might bring a temporary halt to those activities because specialised equipment will be needed to drag the plane from the runaway.

Ugandan citizens have been using buses to flee the troubled capital during a lull in the fighting.

There are reports that fighting has spread to the other areas of South Sudan with Unity, and Jongelai states most affected. Bor town in Jongelai is believed to be under the control of forces loyal to Dr. Riek Machar.

Adapted from Radio Tamazuj.

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