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2017 South Supreme Airlines Antonov An-26 crash

On 20 March 2017, an Antonov An-26 of South Supreme Airlines was destroyed by fire after landing at Wau Airport, South Sudan on a domestic flight from Juba Airport.

2017 South Supreme Airlines Antonov An-26 crash
A colourful twin-engine aircraft taxiing on a dusty airport apron under a grey sky
The wreckage of S9-TLZ, visible in the background of this photo
Date20 March 2017 (2017-03-20)
SummaryIn-Flight-Fire under investigation
SiteWau Airport, South Sudan
07°43′30″N 027°58′48″E / 7.72500°N 27.98000°E / 7.72500; 27.98000Coordinates: 07°43′30″N 027°58′48″E / 7.72500°N 27.98000°E / 7.72500; 27.98000
Aircraft typeAntonov An-26
OperatorSouth Supreme Airlines
Flight originJuba Airport, South Sudan
DestinationWau Airport
Survivors45 (all)


The accident aircraft was an Antonov An-26,[1] registration S9-TLZ.[2]


The aircraft was destroyed by fire after landing at Wau Airport, South Sudan on a domestic scheduled passenger flight from Juba Airport, South Sudan. There were 40 passengers, plus five crew on board.[1] The accident occurred at about 15:00 local time (12:00 UTC),[3] in conditions of 800 metres (870 yd) visibility.[2][4] The aircraft may already have been on fire when it landed. An eyewitness reported smoke coming from the tail as it was landing.[5] Another report is that the aircraft collided with a fire engine after it had landed, and then caught fire.[2] The left landing gear collapsed and the aircraft was destroyed by the ensuing fire. Thirty-seven passengers received various degrees of injuries, however, no death was recorded from the crash.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ a b "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Hradecky, Simon (20 March 2016). "Accident: South Supreme AN26 at Wau on Mar 20th 2017, collided with fire truck on landing". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  3. ^ Hartley-Parkinson, Richard. "Dozens feared dead after plane crashes onto runway during landing". Metro. Associated Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Passenger plane carrying 44 people crashes at South Sudan airport". Sky News. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  5. ^ Achayo, Hellen. "Several feared dead in Wau plane crash". Eye Radio. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  6. ^ Richter, Jan (20 March 2017). "2017-03-20 South Supreme Antonov An-26 crashed on landing at Wau". JACDEC. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  7. ^ "31 survivors of plane crash discharged from Wau hospital". Radio Tamazuj. 22 March 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-03-25. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  8. ^ "Plane crashes in South Sudan, at least 37 injured". Emirates 24/7. 21 March 2017.