August 22, 2020 (Thessherald)–A plane carrying a substantial amount of money has crashed on the outskirt of Hai Referendum after taking-off from Juba International Airport (JIA).
At least four people, including crew members, have been confirmed dead except for one, according to multiple sources interviewed by The South Sudan Herald.
The South Sudanese Government has been criticized for continuing to reuse old planes long grounded by foreign companies.
“Plane crash isn’t breaking news in South Sudan because South Sudan is a market of Guhguh! Planes that were grounded during World War Two have been sold to South Sudanese Companies because there are no safety measures in place. We don’t have a Civil Aviation Department that cares about our people’s lives. We board a plane in South Sudan just to test whether our days finish on earth or not. Whoever boards an aeroplane knows very well that his or her life is in brackets,” said a government critic.
The cargo plane was carrying salaries the SSPDF forces who had not been paid for two and a half years.
“The aircraft owned by South West Company was hired to take soldiers’ salaries to Wau, and nearly seven people were on board includes crew members,” the local media was quoted as saying.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has yet to release a statement regarding the tragic deaths of passengers and crew members.