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At least 17 killed in South Sudan plane crash

At least 17 people died in South Sudan on Sunday, when a small aircraft carrying passengers from Juba International Airport to the city of Yirol crashed, State information Minister Taban Abel told Reuters.

The plane carried a total of 22 people. Three people survived the crash and two were still missing. There were three children among the 22 passengers, a source said.

One of the survivors, an Italian doctor working with an NGO, is in critical condition and undergoing surgery in Yirol Hospital, the minister said.

The plane crashed by a river and an eyewitness had earlier said bodies were recovered from the water.

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