2017-03-20 South Supreme Antonov An-26 crashed on landing at Wau

2017-03-20 South Supreme Antonov An-26 crashed on landing at Wau

2017-03-20 South Supreme Antonov An-26 crashed on landing at Wau


On landing Wau Airport, South Sudan, the aircraft caught fire and burnt to destruction on the runway. All 45 on board reportedly survived, 18 needed medical treatment.

UPDATE 2017-03-21

Due to still unclear circumstances, the aircraft caught fire after touchdown on runway 27 at Wau Airport after an apparent collapse of its left maingear. The Antonov An-26 came to a standstill within the runway with its left wing on fire.

Evacuation ensued immediately. It appears that all 40 passengers and five crewmembers managed to evacuate to safety.

Local UNMISS (United Nations mission in South Sudan) units as well as airport employees help to evacuate rescuers 

The fire spread and eventually destroyed the aircraft before airport fire services could intervene effectively.

The Wau Governor Andrea Mayar Achor told the press the aircraft collided with a fire truck immediately after  touchdown resulting in the aircraft to catch fire. He was quoted by saying: “There was a fog and the visibility was very poor. So he approached the airport from the direction of the Jur River and shifted to the left to land. During his landing he struck a fire truck.” 

According to information by Upper Nile Times and AviationHerald, the accident aircraft was identified as S9-TLZ.

METAR: Wau Airport (WUU, HSWW):




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Aircraft Involved


Type: Antonov An-26
Registration: S9-TLZ
Age a/c: 48 years
Constr. No.:

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants  5 40 0 45
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries 0 18 0 18


Date: 2017-03-20 Time: 15:40
Location: HSWW WUU Wau
Country: South Sudan
Google Maps: (Insert Link to Google here)
Flight phase: LDG – Flare, Landing Roll, Aborted Landing after Touchdown
Damage to a/c: hull loss

Flight no.:
From: HSSJ/JUB: Juba Airport To: HSWW/WUU: Wau
Type: Passenger
Operator: South Supreme Airliness

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 2nd safety occurence for the operator
  • 98th safety occurence of type (AN-26)
  • 5th safety occurence at Wau Airport
  • XX safety occurence for aircraft in question

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