All passengers and crew survived an accident in South Sudan on Monday in which a passenger jet hit a fire truck on the runway before bursting into flames, AFP news agency reports.
Initial reports said scores of people had been killed in the accident.
“There is no one who died,” Information Minister Bona Gaudensio told AFP from the north-western city of Wau, where the accident happened.
He said 37 people had been treated for injuries in hospital but, miraculously, no one was killed, despite a fireball consuming the plane soon after it crash landed.
Wau is a regional capital with a busy airport used by the UN and aid agencies as well as private and commercial planes.
The fuselages of previous air crashes are still visible in the long grass next to the airport’s runway.
Explaining what led to the crash, the minister said:
The plane hit a fire brigade truck, that is how it caught fire.”
He suggested both “a technical problem” and “some negligence” might be to blame and added that an investigation would be carried out.
Pascal Ladu of the South Sudan Red Cross said that after the plane, operated by local carrier South Supreme Airlines, hit the truck it burst into flames and “passengers quickly started running out”.
How wonderful. Praise God!