November 4, 2015 / 7:39 AM / 4 years ago

Plane crashes on takeoff from South Sudan airport: reports, witnesses

JUBA (Reuters) - A plane crashed on Wednesday shortly after taking off from an airport in South Sudan, killing 10 people on board, a police officer and local media reported. Two survived, they said.

Reuters witnesses said the tail fin of the plane and other parts were scattered along the banks of the White Nile River near the airport in Juba, the capital.

A police officer near the scene, who did not give his name, said there were two survivors, including a child, but could not say how many people were on board or give further details.

The aircraft was a cargo plane with five Russian crew and seven passengers, South Sudan Tribune, a local media outlet, said on Twitter. It also said two people survived, one of them a child.

Reporting by Denis Dumo; Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing by Drazen Jorgic, Larry King

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