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21 dead as overloaded plane crashes into lake in South Sudan

Minister of information for the town of Yirol, Taban Abel Aguek, sais three survivors are in serious condition.

world Updated: Sep 09, 2018 17:34 IST
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Smoke billowing from the wreckage of a plane in Mexico.(AFP File Photo/ For representational purpose only)

An overloaded commercial plane crashed into a lake in South Sudan on Sunday and killed 21 people, a local official said.

The 19-seater commercial Baby Air plane had been travelling from the capital, Juba, the minister of information for the town of Yirol, Taban Abel Aguek, told The Associated Press.

Officials were investigating the cause of the crash.

The three survivors are a 6-year-old child, an adult man and an Italian doctor with an aid organization who was in surgery and in serious condition, Aguek said.

“There were people everywhere,” the minister said of the crash site.

Yirol is in the central part of the civil war-torn East African country.

First Published: Sep 09, 2018 16:43 IST