Radio Dabanga (Hilversum)

7 October 2012

Sudanese Military Plane Crash Kills 15

Photo: Amnesty International
Containers being offloaded by Sudanese army soldiers from an Antonov aircraft onto military trucks. (file photo).

Omdurman — A Sudanese military plane crashed outside of Khartoum on Sunday October 7.

The Sudanese army's spokesman confirmed that 15 of the passengers were killed and 7 injured as the Antonov plane crashed 40 kilometers west of Omdurman.

The military transport plane was on its way to El-Fasher, Sudanese army spokesman Al-Sawarmi Khaled Saad said. The plane was carrying personnel and military equipment, he added.

Al-Sawarmi confirmed the death of 15 and the evacuation of injured victims to a hospital for treatment. He disclosed that the crash was caused by a technical failure.

The Sudanese News Agency (SUNA) reported that 13 people died initially and nine were injured in the crash. Two died as a result of their injuries, raising the number of fatal victims to 15.

According to SUNA, the Sudanese army has formed a committee to investigate the 'reasons for the recurring accidents with Antonov planes'.

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