At least 25 people have been killed are a cargo plane crashed shortly after take-off at Juba International Airport in South Sudan.

The number of casualties is expected to climb as rescuers access the accident site, but there are believed to be at least three survivors of the crash, including a child.

The Antonov An-12 aircraft, which was carrying 12 passengers and six crew alongside its cargo, crashed 800m from the runway in South Sudan’s capital, ploughing into a number of people on the ground.

The cause of the crash has not yet been identified and recovery teams are working to recover the black box flight recorder.

The plane was built by the Ukrainian Antonov State Company and entered service in 1971. At the time of the crash it was owned by Tajikistan’s Asia Airways and operated by South Sudanese logistics company Allied Services Limited.

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