A Russian Antonov plane crashed on the banks of the White Nile river in South Sudan on Wednesday. At least 40 people have reportedly been killed, with some casualties among those on board and several on the ground.

The crash took place in the capital city of Juba when the plane was reportedly only 800 metres from the Juba International Airport runway.

Some reports said the plane was a cargo plane with 12 people people on board. There were reportedly five Russian crew members and seven passengers on board. There are reportedly only two survivors from the plane crash, including a child.

But a local radio station, Eye Radio Juba, said on Twitter that as many as 40 people have died. 

Reuters also reported that witnesses at the crash site counted 40 bodies, though it is not clear how many were on board. 

However, AFP reported that 25 people were found dead at the site.