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October 9, 2012

Sudan Military Plane Crash Kills 15: Country’s Third Major Accident in Three Months

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An Azza Air Transport Antonov An-12B similar to the accident aircraft. (Photo by Melting Tarmac Images via wikipedia commons)

A Sudanese military transport plane crashed near the country’s capital on Sunday morning, killing 15 people and injuring the seven survivors, a military spokesman said on Monday. It follows a deadly plane crash in the southern region of Sudan in August.

The Azza Air Transport Antonov An-12 chartered by the Sudanese Air Force which was carrying 16 service members and six crew members, crashed on Sunday morning while attempting to carry out an emergency landing about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Omdurman, a city lying on the western banks of the River Nile, opposite the capital Khartoum.

Colonel Al Sawarmi Khalid Saad, a spokesman for the Sudanese Armed Forces, said the pilot of the aircraft had declared an emergency shortly before the crash and indicated one of the engines had stopped working. The second engine failed soon after, causing the aircraft to crash during the emergency landing.

The military spokesman said fifteen service members were killed while the seven survivors were injured and rushed to an area hospital for treatment. Their conditions were not immediately known. Al Sawarmi said the aircraft was carrying military equipment from Khartoum to El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur.

The exact cause of Sunday’s accident was not immediately known.

On August 19, a Sudan government aircraft crashed into a mountain near the town of Talodi in South Kordofan state, killing 26 passengers and six crew members. Among those killed was Guidance and Endowments Minister Ghazi al-Sadiq, a number of state ministers, senior officials from the defense forces, and journalists from the country’s state-run media.

A month before that, the crash of a Sudanese military helicopter in Darfur killed seven people.

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