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Sudan's air defence chief among victims in plane crash
The head of Sudan's air defence forces as well as at least seven foreigners are among the 115 people killed in an airline crash near Port Sudan, a senior official said.
Sudan Airways spokesman Jalal Mahmud al-Ajab says Major General Nur al-Hoda Fadlallah died when the Boeing 737 came down near Port Sudan where the anti-aircraft command is based.
A two-year-old girl miraculously survived the crash and was taken to a nearby hospital.
It is not yet clear whether her parents were on board.
The bodies of the dead were swiftly buried in keeping with the Muslim tradition.
The pilot of the Boeing 737 reported a technical failure a few minutes after taking off at about 4:00am local time from the Red Sea town of Port Sudan in the north-east, heading towards Khartoum, state radio said.
The plane crashed just a few kilometres away from Port Sudan airport as it returned in an attempt to land.
Residents of Port Sudan fearing for their loved ones rushed to the airport and gathered in nearby areas waiting for news.
Residents of Khartoum made frantic checks to see if family or friends might have been on board.
A Sudan Airways employee said 104 passengers and 11 crew were killed.
Identification efforts began shortly after the crash, but it was unclear how many bodies had been identified.
The names on the passenger manifest, which included 17 children, were read out on Sudanese television.
said the bodies of the victims were laid to rest in a mass grave in Port Sudan, about 700 kilometres north-east of the capital.
Local government officials issued a decree calling for the immediate burial of the dead.
Minister of State for Aviation Mohamed Hassan al-Bahi said on state radio that a committee had been formed to investigate the crash.