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South Sudan aviation chief says crashed plane wasn't allowed to carry passengers

  • Nyalou Thong, 13 months old and one of only two people who survived Wednesday's cargo plane crash, drinks from a syringe helped by her aunt Amou Aluong, at a hospital in Juba, South Sudan Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. A thirteen-month-old baby and a man who was found cradling the infant were the only survivors of a cargo plane that crashed soon after taking off from a South Sudan airport, killing 37 people, a witness and relatives said Thursday. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin)

    Nyalou Thong, 13 months old and one of only two people who survived Wednesday's cargo plane crash, drinks from a syringe helped by her aunt Amou Aluong, at a hospital in Juba, South Sudan Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. A thirteen-month-old baby and a man who was found cradling the infant were the only survivors of a cargo plane that crashed soon after taking off from a South Sudan airport, killing 37 people, a witness and relatives said Thursday. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nyalou Thong, 13-months old and one of only two people who survived Wednesday's cargo plane crash, lies in a hospital bed being comforted by her aunt Amou Aluong, left, and Achol Deng, right, who helped rescue her from the wreckage and bring her to a private hospital, in Juba, South Sudan Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. A thirteen-month-old baby and a man who was found cradling the infant were the only survivors of a cargo plane that crashed soon after taking off from a South Sudan airport, killing 37 people, a witness and relatives said Thursday. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin)

    Nyalou Thong, 13-months old and one of only two people who survived Wednesday's cargo plane crash, lies in a hospital bed being comforted by her aunt Amou Aluong, left, and Achol Deng, right, who helped rescue her from the wreckage and bring her to a private hospital, in Juba, South Sudan Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. A thirteen-month-old baby and a man who was found cradling the infant were the only survivors of a cargo plane that crashed soon after taking off from a South Sudan airport, killing 37 people, a witness and relatives said Thursday. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nyalou Thong, 13 months old and one of only two people who survived Wednesday's cargo plane crash, lies in a hospital bed in Juba, South Sudan Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. A thirteen-month-old baby and a man who was found cradling the infant were the only survivors of a cargo plane that crashed soon after taking off from a South Sudan airport, killing 37 people, a witness and relatives said Thursday. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin)

    Nyalou Thong, 13 months old and one of only two people who survived Wednesday's cargo plane crash, lies in a hospital bed in Juba, South Sudan Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. A thirteen-month-old baby and a man who was found cradling the infant were the only survivors of a cargo plane that crashed soon after taking off from a South Sudan airport, killing 37 people, a witness and relatives said Thursday. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin)  (The Associated Press)

The chief of South Sudan's Civil Aviation Authority says a cargo plane that crashed Wednesday, killing at least 36 people, wasn't authorized to carry passengers.

Stephen Warikozi told The Associated Press on Thursday that the captain of the Antonov AN-12 informed the control tower at Juba International Airport before taking off that he had 12 passengers and six crew members. Only one person, an infant, survived the crash. There were believed to be even more people aboard the flight than those cited by the captain.

Warikozi said the plane's cargo capacity was 15.5 tons and that, according to the cargo manifest, the plane was carrying 15.5 tons of cargo.

The plane crashed near the Nile River soon after taking off. It had been bound for the Paloich oil fields.