21 dead as overloaded plane crashes into lake in South Sudan; six-year-old among three survivors
An overloaded 19-seater commercial plane travelling from South Sudan's capital, Juba crashed into a lake on Sunday and killed 21 people
Juba: 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 organisation 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.
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The United States demanded an immediate end to renewed fighting in the capital of South Sudan, ordering all non-essential personnel out of the troubled country.
Kiir called for Machar to meet him for talks to save the peace deal but acknowledged the deep mistrust that led to days of intense fighting.
The gunfire began outside the presidential compound and soon spread through the city of Juba.