Zakharova confirmed the death of the Russian in plane crash in southern Sudan


MOSCOW, November 5. The official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova confirmed the death of the citizen of the Russian Federation as a result of the crash in southern Sudan. She stated this on November 5 at the briefing.

“These data we can confirm they have been confirmed by our diplomats who work in the region,” she said.

“In Juba is the head of the consular Department of the Embassy of Russia in Uganda, – said Zakharov. – It solves all the issues associated with this catastrophe.”

The search for black boxes continues

The Minister of transport, roads and bridges of southern Sudan (IUS) Cuong Danger Gatluak reported that the search for the black boxes from the crashed An-12, which are carried out with the help of the UN Mission continue.

“Our main goal is to find bodies and black boxes to begin a thorough investigation into the crash”, – he said.

The crash of An-12 in southern Sudan

A cargo An-12 crashed on Wednesday morning near the capital of South Sudan Juba, barely leaving the international airport. The plane, bound for the city Paloch in Upper Nile state, collapsed for an unknown reason about 800 metres from the runway on a small residential island located on the river White Nile. Data on the number of victims vary. According to the information spread by official sources and local press, killed 41 people. Meanwhile, South Sudan’s Red Cross reported about 36 dead. According to the official representative of the President of the US Atani of the UEC, the crew included six foreigners – five citizens of Armenia and one Russian.

In the search operation involved divers from the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan and the civil aviation authority (CAA) of southern Sudan. As mentioned earlier, the work will be difficult because the wreckage of the aircraft from the impact scattered parts of the island covered with dense forest.