Overloaded Plane Crash Kills 19 In South Sudan


Officials in South Sudan say an overloaded aircraft (type unknown) crashed into a river in the central part of the country, killing 19 of the 23 aboard. The aircraft was described by officials as having 19 passenger seats and said it crashed while on approach to the airport in Yirol. Among the four survivors are two children and an Italian doctor. Among the dead are the local Anglican bishop and Red Cross and government officials. Witnesses said it was foggy at the time of the accident.

The officials said identifying those on board is complicated by the fact that only 20 of the 23 were listed on a passenger manifest. The aircraft ended up partly submerged in shallow water in the river. The flight originated the capital city of Juba, about 200 miles south of the crash site.