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South Sudan plane crash kills 17

Staff Writer |
At least 17 people were killed and three others including a pilot survived in a plane crash in South Sudan on Sunday.

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Taban Abel Aguek, Information Minister in Eastern Lakes State, confirmed that the commercial aircraft crashed into Lake Yirol on Sunday morning.

"I went to the site of the incident and we have received 17 bodies, but the number will increase because we suspect more bodies are still in the water," the official told Xinhua by phone in Juba.

The local official said the number of the passengers on board remains unclear. The plane had taken off from Juba airport and was headed to Eastern Lakes State when it crashed.

Three people survived, including a child of about 6 years, an Italian doctor who is in serious critical condition, but currently receiving treatment in Yirol Civil Hospital, and a middle aged man, according to the official.

Aviation experts have launched investigations into the cause of the crash, noting that

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