Breaking: President Kiir suspends South Sudan Supreme Airlines over safety concerns

Remains of South Sudan Supreme Airlines in Peirri, Uror County, Jonglei State/PHOTO: SUPPLIEDRemains of South Sudan Supreme Airlines in Peirri, Uror County, Jonglei State/PHOTO: SUPPLIED

President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit on Wednesday officially suspended the South Sudan Supreme Airlines over safety concerns.

The order came a day after one of the company’s airplanes crashed in Pierri, Uror County Jonglei State, killing 10 people.

There were public outrage and the call for suspension increase getting the attention of the president.

Two pilots were killed, 6 women and two children, sources who spoke to Ramciel on Tuesday confirmed.

According to the letter sent to media outlets on Wednesday by the Office of the President, Kiir laments the death of 10 citizens and conveys his deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who perished in the South Sudan Supreme Airline.

As a temporary measure to deal with these avoidable air accidents before laws governing civil aviation is strengthen via legislative means, I am hereby directing the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation Authority to suspend South Sudan Airline Operations in South Sudan, read part of the letter seen by Ramciel.

Sources familiar with the President’s thinking told Ramciel by WhatsApp that Kiir was deeply saddened and troubled by the crash.

The president asked the measure to be implemented with immediate effect.

This measure is necessary for these institutions to ascertain the airworthiness of the remaining South Sudan Supreme planes. It is also a necessary step to restoring public confidence in air travel in the country. 


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