Yirol Airport

Yirol Airport
Airport typePublic, Civilian
OwnerCivil Aviation Authority of South Sudan
ServesYirol, South Sudan
LocationYirol,  South Sudan
Elevation AMSL1,434 ft / 437 m
Coordinates06°33′36″N 30°30′36″E / 6.56000°N 30.51000°E / 6.56000; 30.51000 (Yirol Airport)
Yirol is located in South Sudan
Location of Yirol Airport in South Sudan
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Yirol Airport is an airport in South Sudan. It has a single unpaved runway.


Yirol Airport (IATA: n/a, ICAO: HSYL) is located in Yirol West County in Eastern Lakes State, in the town of Yirol, in the central part of South Sudan. The airport is located to the immediate north of the central business district of the town.

This location lies approximately 224 kilometres (139 mi), by air, northwest of Juba International Airport, the largest airport in South Sudan.[1] The geographic coordinates of this airport are: 6° 33' 36.60"N, 30° 30' 36.00"E (Latitude:6.5600; Longitude:30.5100). Bentiu Airport sits at an elevation of 437 metres (1,434 ft) above sea level.[2]


Yirol Airport is a small civilian airport that serves the town of Yirol and surrounding communities. The airport does not yet have regular scheduled airline service.


In September 2018 a Let L-410 Turbolet aeroplane on final approach to land at the airport lost contact with controllers. The aircraft was found to have crashed into nearby Lake Yirol. It is thought that the pilots became disorientated in fog. There were 23 people on board the aircraft, of whom 20 were killed, including both pilots. The passengers killed included a Red Cross official, a government representative, two army officers, and the Bishop of Yirol, the Rt Revd Simon Adut Yuang.[citation needed]

Initial reports stated that four people had survived, including two children and an Italian doctor. Some other reports stated there were three survivors, who were two young children and an Italian doctor.[3] Several days after the crash the South Sudanese government stated that 20 people had died, and three had survived, one of whom was a flight attendant.

See also


  1. ^ "Distance between Yirol (Bahr al Ghazal Wilayat) and Juba () (Airport) (Sudan)". distancecalculator.globefeed.com. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  2. ^ Elevation of Yirol Airport
  3. ^ Davies, Madeleine (14 September 2018). "New Primate of South Sudan: 'Peace is deeper than a piece of paper'". The Church Times. Retrieved 12 April 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

External links

  • Location of Yirol Airport At Google Maps

Coordinates: 6°33′36″N 30°30′36″E / 6.56000°N 30.51000°E / 6.56000; 30.51000

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