Russian diplomats looking into reports on plane crash in South Sudan

An-12 cargo plane with 5 crewmembers from Russia and 7 passengers on board crashed near Juba on Nov. 4

The Russian Foreign Ministry is looking into reports on the crash of a Russian cargo plane in South Sudan, the Russian Foreign Ministry told Interfax.

"We are verifying this information," it said.

The Russian embassy to the Republic of the Sudan told Interfax it did not possess information on a plane crash.

The Russian embassy to Uganda refrained from clarifying to whom the plane that reportedly crashed in South Sudan could have belonged.

"We are looking into the circumstances of the incident. Unfortunately, we cannot give any comments so far as to whom the plane belonged," Radmir Gainanov, the press secretary of Russia's embassy to Uganda, told the Govorit Moskva radio station.

The South Sudan Tribune had reported earlier that an Antonov An-12 cargo plane with five crewmembers from Russia and seven passengers on board had crashed near Juba on Nov. 4.

The newspaper claimed that two people, including a child, survived the crash.

The causes of the accident have yet to be determined, it said.

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