An Alfa Airlines Sudan Antonov 24 or Antonov 26 on behalf of Sudan's Government, charter flight from Khartoum to Talodi (Sudan) with 26 passengers and 5 crew, has crashed into a slope of the Nuba mountains south of Talodi at about 08:00L (05:00Z) during a dust storm. All occupants perished in the impact.
Sudan's Government said, the aircraft carried a delegation of 26 including Sudanese Ministers to Talodi in the south of the country for a celebration. The crash of the aircraft was not result of military activity. All on board perished, the bodies are charred. Sudan's President will follow up with a detailed statement.
Sudan's Army confirmed an Alfa Airlines Aircraft was involved in the crash without mentioning further details of the aircraft. Two Ministers were on board of the aircraft.
Local Television reported the aircraft went around on its first attempt to land in Talodi due to weather but did not manage to climb above the terrain during the go-around.
Sudan's Civil Aviation Authority reported at the time of the crash visibility was substantially reduced due to a dust and dirt storm in the area. Three ministers (Guidance/Endowment, Tourism and Education) were on board of the Antonov airliner. An investigation has been opened.
|Quoting Aesma (Reply 4):|
Apparently that airline has only a handful of aircraft and manages to crash one every two years since 2008...
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