U.S. evacuation flights from South Sudan hit by fire. US personnel injured

According to the BBC (and other media outlets around the world) two US evacuation flights from South Sudan have been fired upon with subsequent injuries.

The aircraft, which landed in Uganda, were attacked near Bor, capital of the state of Jonglei occupied by forces loyal to former Vice-President Riek Machar and the scene of some of the country’s worst violence since last week.

Whereas Pentagon has confirmed three US servicemen where hurt, the type of aircraft hit by the fire is not clear yet, even if it could have been a Marines MV-22 Osprey according to the first rumors.

Update: the aircraft were indeed Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, but CV-22s of the Air Force Special Operations Command.

Image credit: U.S. Marine Corps


Enhanced by Zemanta
About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.