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Two Injured As Humanitarian Flight Crash-Lands In South Sudan

An aircraft contracted by the WFP-managed UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) crash-landed in Yambio, South Sudan on Wednesday. Two people on board were injured, but none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.

The Cessna 208 aircraft was carrying nine passengers and two crew members, and crashed on landing during a regular flight to Western Equatoria state. The two injured were evacuated by helicopter for medical treatment, one to the South Sudanese capital, Juba and one to Uganda. 

The cause of the crash is not yet clear. A full report will be issued once investigations are completed. The incident underscores the challenges and risks of humanitarian work in a difficult environment, where infrastructure is limited.

The WFP-operated UNHAS flights allow aid workers from UN agencies and NGOs to reach remote parts of South Sudan that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to access due to poor road networks and insecurity.  UNHAS provides air transportation for humanitarian workers to 60 locations around the country, carrying on average 7,000 passengers a month.

In 2012, WFP plans to reach 2.7 million people in South Sudan with food assistance including food distributions, school meals, and nutrition activities.

WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in more than 70 countries.

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