Days after Sinai crash: Russian plane crashes in South Sudan

More than 40 dead in devastating crash near South Sudanese capital Juba, just days after fatal crash in neighboring Egypt.

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Ari Soffer,

Russian investigator at site of A320-200 crash
Russian investigator at site of A320-200 crash
Reuters

Just days after the fatal crash of a Russian airliner in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, another Russian aircraft has crashed in neighboring South Sudan, killing scores of people.

At least 41 people are reported dead in the crash, which happened close to the South Sudanese capital Juba, according to initial reports.

Reuters news agency cited witnesses claiming to have seen "at least 40" bodies at the crash site.

The aircraft was reportedly a cargo plane with five Russian crew members and seven passengers, according to local media outlets. Two people reportedly survived the crash, including a child.

All 224 passengers and crew members were killed in the Saturday crash in Egypt.

The precise reason the Metrojet Airbus A320-200 went down is still the subject of an investigation. Claims by the ISIS terrorist group to have downed the plane with a missile have been discounted, but officials in Russia, Egypt and the US are sending mixed signals regarding whether terrorism has been ruled out as a cause altogether.








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