At least 17 killed in South Sudan plane crash

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At least 19 people have died in South Sudan when the aircraft they were in was carrying them crashed.

"We are still removing bodies from the water because the aircraft fell into a river".

The aircraft was carrying 23 people from the capital, Juba, to the city of Yirol on Sunday.

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Overloading of planes is common in South Sudan, and this was believed to have contributed to the crash of a Soviet-era Antonov plane upon takeoff in Juba in 2015 which left 36 people dead.

"The plane crashed and killed 17 people and we have three survivors", Abel told Reuters by phone from Yirol. According to a regional minister, the plane was attempting to land in foggy weather. 17 people on board died in the accident and three passengers survived, including a 6 year old child.

"We have not yet established full details of the airline but what we know it is a 19-seater plane coming from Juba to Yirol this morning", said regional information minister for the Eastern Great Lakes state Taban Abel Aguek. Cantone had been on his way to work at a children's hospital in Yirol. Its so sad. Many people on board are feared dead.

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The victims include the pilot and co-pilot, a staff member of the Red Cross and an Anglican bishop, he told AFP.

Several crashes have occurred in war-torn South Sudan in recent years.

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