The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that a child was killed when a WFP-contracted aircraft hit a house while attempting to land during a thunderstorm in Juba on Tuesday. Four other people – a boy, a girl and two women – were injured during the incident.
The Trans Avia Ilyushin-76 cargo aircraft was contracted by WFP to airdrop food in South Sudan. It hit a tree and then the metal roof of the single-storey house as it tried to land at Juba airport in heavy rain and low visibility. The aircraft’s jet blast damaged a second house as it climbed sharply up.
The aircraft then diverted to Entebbe International Airport in Uganda. During an emergency landing, its main landing gear collapsed because metal roofing sheets were entangled in it.