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At Least 32 Killed in S. Sudan Plane Crash

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Responders pick through the wreckage of a cargo plane which crashed in the capital Juba, South Sudan, Nov. 4, 2015.

Responders pick through the wreckage of a cargo plane which crashed in the capital Juba, South Sudan, Nov. 4, 2015.

A plane has crashed in South Sudan shortly after taking off from the busy Juba airport, killing at least 32 people.

Officials say one survivor, a young child, has been found.

Reports said the Russian-built Antonov cargo plane crashed just 800 meters from the runway Wednesday, landing in thick woodland along the shore of the White Nile River.

It was not clear if all of the victims had been aboard the plane, or if some were on the ground at the time of the crash. Reuters news reports that the plane had a total of 18 people on board include the plane's six member crew.

The crew was comprised of five Armenians and one Russian, all killed in the crash.

News reports said the plane had been headed for the Paloch oil fields in Upper Nile State. Reports from the wreckage say it appears to have been carrying a cargo of food supplies as well as passengers.

Some material for this report came from AP, AFP and Reuters.

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