8 memorable Antonov aircraft accidents in S. Sudan

8 memorable Antonov aircraft accidents in S. Sudan

On Tuesday, November 2, 2021, a crew of five members left the ground at 10:30 am local time from Juba International Airport (JIA) in an Optimum Antonov 26 to Maban County, Upper Nile State. 

Despite the promise relayed by the azure on the sky, their journey ended just a few kilometres away from Juba International Airport with the plane bursting into flames. 

 The crash inked yet another record of the painful deaths and losses that have so far been inflicted by the Antonov aircraft accidents.

The Juba International Airport Director Kur Kual confirmed to The City Review that the cargo 26 aircraft belonged to Optimum Aviation but had been hired by Euro Airlines crashed and left no survivor.

Kuol added that the incident had not been investigated but promised to inform the public when the investigation committee released the findings.

Series of crashes

The City Review takes a look at the number of aviation accidents that involved the Antonov aircraft in South Sudan. 

On March 2, 2021, a South Supreme Airline left Juba to Jonglei State, Pieri, Uror County, killing all 10 people on board including the two pilots.

It was the incident that prompted President Salva Kiir to order the suspension of an airline after numerous similar plane crashes in the youngest country.

In August 2020, a South West Aviation plane carrying cash to the Western Bahr el Ghazal, Wau, region left JIA in the morning. The plane crashed a few minutes after leaving the airport and killed four passengers and three crew; only one survived.

In 2017, 37 people escaped after their plane hit a fire truck on a runway in Wau before overflowing into flames which authorities later blamed on overloading and poor weather.

In 2018, a small aircraft carrying passengers from Juba to Yirol crashed and killed 19 people.

In October 2020, in Western Equatoria State, 12 passengers and crew escaped death after a plane crashed in Mundri while taking off from an airstrip.

The plane was owned by a local operator Care Aviation Company.

Two people were pulled from the wreckage alive but one of them later died, leaving a young girl as the only survivor, the Red Cross said.

November 5, 2015, a Ukraine-based Antonov An-12 plane left Juba Airport to Paloch, Upper Nile State, and crashed 800m (half a mile) from the runway killing at least 36 people. Only two people were rescued and one of them later died.

The authorities said in their report that the plane failed to undergo timely technical services that should have included work on extending its resources and exploitation timeframe. 

In June 2020, a South Supreme Airlines Antonov AN-26, cargo flight left Juba to Renk but escaped terribly airstrip trip during landing at Renk airstrip. And all the crew members escaped only the aircraft got minor damage.

An aircraft is a machine that can fly by gaining support from the air. It counters the force of gravity by using either static lift or by using the dynamic lift of an airfoil, or in a few cases the downward thrust from jet engines. 

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