20 August 2012

Egypt: Mursi Extends Condolences to Bashir Over Plane Crash Deaths

President Mohammed Morsi sent a cable to his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir to offer condolences over the deaths of a plane crash, in which Guidance and Endowments Minister Ghazi Al-Saddiq died earlier on Sunday.

A Sudanese government helicopter crashed Sunday before landing in a remote town in the country's southern mountains, killing all 32 people on board.

The victims also included a leading politician, two army generals and a TV crew.

The helicopter crashed "due to harsh weather conditions" in a mountainous area near Talodi, a small town about 650 kilometers (406 miles), southwest of the capital, Khartoum, according to the Sudanese news agency.

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