WHY SOUTH SUDAN PLANE CRASH REMAINS RAMPAHANT

Ten occupants aboard a plane died on 2nd March 2021 after a crash occurred in Pieri, Jonglei State, IN South Sudan.

This is the latest fatal accidents, highly condemned by the South Sudan Pilots Association, who are also have condemned the use of rejected, banned old planes operating, even as the necessary stakeholders are called to put to an end to the mayhem that is costing life and continuous distrust to the country`s airline. The recent one killing all who were on board.

South Sudan`s air problem has not received much intervention Since 2011, aircrafts accidents that have raised alarm include the ones that have been used since World War Two.

This January, 11 people were injured out of 14 who were in a military helicopter after it crashed in Cueibet County f Lakes State while airlifting the remains of the late Gabriel Matur Malek using the SSPDF helicopter.

March 2012, 50 passengers escaped death with 5 crew members escaping death when a Fokker 50 State type of plane`s nose gear broke after skidding 2,175 meters along unpaved runway after its landing gear collapsed at Wau Airport in Western Bahr el Ghazal State, it was operated by Feeder Airlines.

Three occupants escaped death after an Avro 748-287-2B plane marked 5Y-BZR lost shape and hit the ground short of runway after unclear circumstances while allegedly performing a cargo flight on 2nd April, 2012 in Doro airstrip in a village in Maban County, Upper Nile State.

The same year, a pilot escaped with injuries while eleven occupants escaped unhurt after their plane hit a pothole on the runway flipping over and landing up-side down while performing a flight on behalf of World Food Program (WHO) from Juba in May, 2012.

The single Cessna 208B Grand Caravan aircraft 5Y-NGO owned by AIRWOKS had landed at Yambio airstrip in Western Equatoria State.

One passenger suffered minor injuries, with other 57 passengers been evacuated safely from a damaged plane contracted by the International Organization for Migration and South Sudan government to carry refugees to Aweil North on 15th November, 2012, after landing at Aweil Airport and veering several meters off the runway.

The Fokker 50 plane 5Y-CAN belonged to Skyward International.
On 28th February, 2013, a Let 410UVP crashed upon landing at Wau Airport after its nose ear collapsed, with two occupants escaping before it caught fire.

Two pilots died on 14th November, 2014 an Avro 748-399-2B marked 5Y-BVQ crushed in a huge explosion, with an engineer escaping with serious injuries in Panyangor, Twic East County in Jonglei State.
On 19th May, 2015 a Cessna 208B Caravan aircraft registered 5y-NKV crashed at Mandeng Airfield in Nasir County of Upper Nile State. It was owned by AIRWOKS.

On 10th November, 2015 a Hawker-Siddeley HS.780 Andover C plane marked TL-AEW crushed attempting and emergency landing after taking off from Wau Airport heading to Malakal. The plane later caught fire; it was owned by West Wing Aviation Company.

37 people were killed with an adult and a baby surviving on 4th, November 2015, after an Antonov An-12 cargo aircraft crashed few kilometers to Paloch in Unity State. It was flying from Juba International Airport, operated by Allied Services limited and was leased from Tajikistam`s Asia Airways.

On 14th June,2016, an Antonov AN-32A aircraft overran the airstrip resting on its wing in Bor, Jonglei state. It was operated by Eco Aviation while performing a humanitarian flight on behalf of World Food Program from Juba to Malakal. No one died.

The same plane marked AN-26 ran out of control hitting a fire brigade truck on 4th March, 2017, with all 45 occupants being brought to safety before the plane exploded. The plane was owned by South Supreme Airline.

The same plane marked AN-26B crashed in Maban, Upper Nile State after touch down ON 28TH August, 2017. It was contracted by United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). It was owned by Eco Aviation. It later burst to flames no one was hurt.

One passenger died and 11 injured after a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan single engine aircraft crashed in Akobo County, Jonglei State on 7th January, 2018. The 5Y-FDC Plane allegedly struck a house and ran over several cows before exploding into flames.

In an unfortunate incident where three out of 23 passengers survived a plane crash into Lake Yirol, involving a chartered Let-410 UVP of South West Aviation. It was alleged that the crash was caused by heavy fog.

While on a humanitarian mission on 14th April, 2018, an Antonov AN-74-200 suffered an accident while landing in Akola in Jonglei State with the 5 crew members escaping unharmed.

Worsening of weather conditions caused a Let L-410UVP twin engine plane crash about 12kilometres of Bor town on 27th October, 2019. The YI-BYO marked plane was returning from Walgak to Juba.

On 16th August, 2020 a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan plane went out of control crushing a tree in Fangak County, Jonglei State. Five passengers and two crew members survived the crash.

In an unfortunate incident 7 passengers were killed with one surviving on 22nd August, 2020 after a South West Aviation An-26 turboprop aircraft crashed after take-off in Juba at International airport in Keimuru outside Hai-Referendum Residential area, while heading to Aweil with a stop in Wau.

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