A cargo plane has crashed on take-off near the international airport in South Sudan’s capital Juba, killing at least 36 people.South Sudan’s transport minister says two people were found alive, but one of them later died. Earlier an official had said there were three survivors.It is not yet known how many were killed on the plane, or on the ground.The Antonov An-12 plane was heading to Paloch, Upper Nile State, and crashed 800m (half a mile) from the runway.Transport Minister Kuong Danhier Gatluak told AP that 36 people were confirmed dead.But a police officer and eyewitness told Reuters they had seen 41 bodies. Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said the plane was carrying 18 people, including six crew members. All of the passengers were from South Sudan, he added.He also said that three people, including a child, had survived the crash, but Mr Gatluak later told AP that only two people had been found alive and one of them, the adult, later died.
Mr Ateny suggested reports of a higher death toll could be down to some people being killed on the ground, adding that he had not yet had confirmation of this.The head of the Civil Aviation at Juba airport said emergency officials had secured the site of the crash and were “in the stage of recovering bodies and black box”.”We cannot give you the exact number,” Stephen Warikozi added.