JUBA — A plane crashed on Wednesday after taking off from the airport in South Sudan's capital, killing at least 41 people on the flight and on the ground, an official and a Reuters witness said.
A crew member and a child on board survived, presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told Reuters.
The cargo plane came down on the banks of the White Nile River shortly after taking off from Juba airport, leaving a tail fin and lumps of fuselage strewn in vegetation close to the water.
The plane may have had about 20 people on board, including crew and "probably" 10 to 15 passengers, Ateny said.
"We need to confirm how many people were on board," Ateny added.
He said an unknown number of people also were killed on the ground as the Antonov plane crashed near where some fishermen were working.
"We don't know the number of people that were killed on the ground," Ateny said.
A police officer, who did not give his name because he was not authorized to speak to the media, told Reuters at the scene that at least 41 people died, but said the number could climb. The Reuters witness said he saw 41 bodies at the site.