At least ten people have died in a plane crash in South Sudan.
The incident occurred in the eastern Jonglei State, at Pieri airstrip shortly after takeoff while heading to the capital, Juba.
A team of investigators is being sent to the site to conduct preliminary investigations.
The plane belonged to a local aviation company, the South Supreme Airlines. The firm has not yet issued a statement on the crash.
Jonglei State Governor Denay Jock Chagor said he received the news with “shock and horror” and sent condolences to the families and friends of the deceased.
South Sudan’s air safety profile is not yet rated by the International Aviation Safety Assessment Programme.
At least 30 people have died in 10 plane crashes in South Sudan since 2018.