IOM charter flight crashes in South Sudan
A HS 748 cargo plane chartered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) crashed on landing at the Rubkona airstrip on 17 February. The wing of the plane collided with two vehicles parked on the runway, resulting in a fire. One crew member from the charter company, 748 Air Services based in Nairobi (Kenya), was killed and three were injured. The plane was carrying relief supplies from the South Sudanese capital Juba to Bentiu in Unity state.
IOM began an air operation on 31 January to deliver aid to displaced people in the towns of Malakal, Bor and Bentiu and other parts of South Sudan most seriously affected by the ongoing crisis. Before Monday's crash, IOM had successfully completed 27 flights carrying some 154 t of cargo, including drinking water, hygiene and sanitation equipment, medicine, shelter materials and relief supplies including blankets, kitchen sets, soap, buckets and mosquito nets.