March 4, 2021(Nyamilepedia) — The South Supreme airlines, which crashed in Pieri, Uror County, on Tuesday may compensate the victims of the tragic accident that killed all passengers and the two pilots; however, the company will not pay employees their salaries.
Speaking to media in the capital, Juba, the owner of the South Supreme airlines, Mr. Ayii Duang Ayii, said the families of the victims will be compensated by an unnamed insurance company .
“South Supreme Airlines has comprehensive insurance recognized internationally. The insurance company will compensate the families of those who died in the plane crash and will also compensate the plane that crashed,” Mr Duang said.
According to Mr. Ayii South Supreme Airline is registered in the Gambia and is only operating in South Sudan to provide air services to the South Sudanese.
Although Mr. Ayii, who doubles as the chairperson of the South Sudan Employers’ Federation, did not specify when the victims would be compensated, and the procedures the families of the victims are likely to follow, he boasts that his airline insurance is well known internationally.
Mr. Ayii blames unnamed individuals for influencing president Kiir’s decision to suspend their operations but said he does not oppose the order.
To restore public trust and confidence in air travel, President Kiir directed the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation Authority to suspend operations of the South Supreme airlines until further notice.
Responding to suspension, Ayii said the company will not pay the employees for unspecified period of time.
“We will not pay the employees because of the suspension. The decision of the leadership came as a surprise to us, but we cannot oppose it” Ayii said.
Mr. Ayii assured that the black box has been recovered and that the company will conduct a thorough investigation to figure out the root causes of the accident.
“There is a need for thorough investigations so that we can know what led the crash. The black box of the plane will show us what happened exactly,” Ayii said.
This is the second time the South Supreme Airline has had a major accident. The first major crash happened in Wau in 2017 for which 37 people survived with minor injuries.