Sudanese girl killed as aircraft hits house

unnamedFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – THE World Food Programme (WFP) has opened a probe after its aircraft killed a child and injured four other people while landing in the crisis-torn South Sudan.
The five-year-old has been confirmed dead on arrival at the Teaching
Hospital in the capital city Juba.
The cargo aircraft contracted by WFP to airdrop food in South Sudan hit a tree and then the metal roof of a single-storey house as it tried to land
at Juba airport in heavy rain and low visibility.
A boy, a girl and two women were severely injured.
WFP South Sudan director Adnan Khan, extends the United Nations food
agency’s condolences to the family.
The official said WFP would provide all possible support to them in the
tragedy.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with them. An official investigation is
underway and the aircraft will be carefully reviewed to discover what
caused it to be so low,” said Khan.
Khan said the safety and well-being of the people of South Sudan were
their top priority.
“We and the aviation authorities will closely examine what happened so
that more innocent lives are not put at risk,” Khan said.
Meanwhile, the aircraft was diverted to Uganda where more than 1 millions
Sudanese have fled since the onset of the civil war in 2013.

– CAJ News

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