A cargo aircraft has crashed immediately after takeoff Nov. 4 from Juba International Airport, South Sudan, with up to 40 people dead both in the aircraft and on the ground, according to multiple news media reports.
Photographs from the scene show the elderly Soviet-built Antonov An-12 turboprop to have been completely destroyed. The aircraft wears the Tajikistan registration EY-406, but appears to carry a tailfin logo of South Sudanese logistics company Allied Services Limited (ASL).
ASL operates at least one other An-12, according to an Oct. 14 photograph on its Facebook page.
Images show the crashed aircraft came down on the banks of the White Nile River, which runs just beyond the southeast threshold of the airport’s sole 13/31 runway.
A representative of ASL told ATW he could not immediately speak about the crash.
A spokesman for South Sudan’s president, cited by Reuters, said the control tower at Juba had told him there were 18 people on board, including a six-strong foreign crew comprising five Armenians and one Russian. Reuters said that a witness had counted 41 bodies at the crash site.
The An-12, which was built in 1971,is registered to Tajikistan-based Asia Airways. Calls to the airline's offices in Dushanbe, the Tajik capital, went unanswered.