Flights to Bentiu town resumed in South Sudan

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Civilians arriving at the UNMISS base in Bentiu after attacks in April 2014. Photo: UNMISS/Tina Turyagyenda

Flights to the town of Bentiu in South Sudan that were suspended for one week after a helicopter crash have resumed.

The UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) grounded all flights to the town in Unity State after the crash of the helicopter in which three Russian crew members died on Tuesday last week.

UNMISS Acting Spokesperson Joseph Contreras says service to Bentiu resumed on Sunday with a flight from Malakal to an airstrip north of the town.

"Our weekly flight schedule envisions one regular flight to Bentiu Monday through Friday and then we have various special flights that are scheduled on the basis of need. For example, yesterday three more flights loaded with food, fuel and cargo flew from Malakal to Bentiu. And, of course, we then also have regularly scheduled flights for passengers." (25")

Mr. Contreras said the investigation of the 26 August helicopter crash is ongoing.

An aviation safety expert from UN headquarters in New York arrived in South Sudan's capital, Juba on Sunday to take part in the probe, he added.

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