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More Than 30 Dead In South Sudan Plane Crash

A Soviet-era cargo plane belonging to a Tajik company has crashed in South Sudan's capital, Juba, killing at least 36 people.

Reports said the Antonov An-12 was heading to Paloch in Upper Nile State on November 4 when it crashed shortly after takeoff near the international airport.

Some reports said up to 40 people may have been killed, including some victims on the ground.

It is unclear how many people were on the plane and how many victims were on the ground.

The plane, which first flew in 1971, belonged to Tajikistan's Asia Airways.

A statement from Ukraine-based Antonov said the aircraft "was is no state to fly" because it "failed to undergo timely technical servicing."

Its director, Narzikul Hamroev, told RFE/RL that the six crew members, including five Armenian citizens and one Russian national, died in the crash.

Cargo planes to remote parts of South Sudan often carry passengers, too.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and Reuters

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