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A Russian Built Antonov 12BK Cargo Airplane Crashes Killing At Least 40

November 5, 2015 - On Wednesday a Russian built Antonov 12BK turbo prop cargo airplane, registered EY-406 crashed just after takeoff from Juba International Airport, South Sudan. Reports indicate at least 40 people were killed and there are three survivors.

There are conflicting reports about the number of occupants that were on this airplane since this was a cargo aircraft. Initial reports indicated that there were only five crew members and seven passengers onboard.

Other reports indicated that a Presidential spokesman had stated the Antonov 12BK cargo airplane was carrying six crew members and 12 passengers. However, the Red Cross has reported it recovered 37 bodies and that 3 bodies were still trapped under the wreckage.

The spokesman further stated "This is the number given to us by the (control) tower." He further stated the death toll could be higher and there maybe people who were killed on the ground. 

The Russian built Antonov 12BK cargo airplane which was operated by Allied Services Ltd departed runway 13 at Juba International Airport (JUB/HSSJ) for Paloich Airport (HSFA), South Sudan when it crashed near the banks of the White Nile about 0.5 miles east of Juba Airport.



Allied Services Ltd is located inside Juba International Airport, Juba, South Sudan. The company is logistics company providing air, road and boat cargo transportation. Stephen Warikozi, chief executive of the Civil Aviation Authority at Juba airport said,  “We have rushed to the site of crash which is located near the airport, southeast of Juba International Airport. We have secured the site of crash and also we are in the stage of recovering bodies and black box. We are still now recovering the dead bodies and we cannot give you the exact number."
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