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30 people killed in Sudan Airways crash - statement


June 11, 2008 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said today that 30 people were killed in the Airbus crash yesterday at Khartoum Airport. Further it said that six are still missing while the total of survivals is 178 people.

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Men bury bodies of victims of the Sudan Airbus plane crash during a burial ceremony at Alsahafa graveyard in the capital of Khartoum, June 11, 2008 (Reuters)

The Sudan Airways Airbus A310 had gone off the runway after landing at Khartoum International Airport, and several loud explosions resounded as fire raced through the aircraft.

In its latest statement released this evening, the CAA said that a hostess was among the 30 victims, while 10 crew members survived.

Airbus announced Wednesday it was sending a team of specialists to Khartoum to help determine what caused a jetliner that had just landed in a thunderstorm to veer off a runway and burst into flames.

In a statement, Airbus said the A310 involved in the accident was 18 years old and had been operated by Sudan Airways since September 2007.

The Airbus A310 is a twin-engine, widebody plane used by a number of carriers around the world. Typically configured with about 220 seats, it is a shorter version of the popular A300.

The French government said on Wednesday it would send a team of investigators to help Sudanese authorities to find the cause of the crash. "France stands ready send to Khartoum in the coming hours, a team of investigators from the Accident Investigation Bureau" the spokesperson for the foreign ministry Mrs. Pascale Andreati said in Paris.

In Khartoum, Sudan Airways General Manager, Abdallah Idris declined to comment today on the cause of the crash saying it is too early to speak about it. However the plane had landed safely at the airport and the question is why it skidded off the runaway and exploded after.

It Khartoum also criticism goes to the delay of rescue workers and firemen. Eyewitnesses say firefighter, arrived and started to extinguish fires on half hour after the accident. Also they used water instead of liquid fire-extinguishing agent normally used in such case.

Informed sources told Sudan Tribune that a delegation of the international aviation authority visited Sudan last year and underlined the lack of the rudimentary safety equipment to the Sudanese officials who pledged to undertake the necessary measures.

Sudan is constructing a new airport to replace the current old one.

A burial ceremony for the 30 dead was held Wednesday in Khartoum’s al Sahafa cemetery. The President Omer al-Bashir attended the public funerals and other senior officials.


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  • 12 June 2008 06:30, by Henry Makuei

    I send a sincere message of condolencies to the victims’ relatives 30 people is a great lost to the people of Sudan and the nation itself. I realy doubt the future of the country that is lossing its man powers in a routine steps. please, please government apply occupational health safety (OHS) ACT instead of planning on fighting the enemies who are supposed to be your people and whom to build the nation with. plane crash is standing as the real enemy in Sudan and I would like to advice the goverment to compaign aganinst this evil no matter what Quran or Bible we believe in God helps those who help themselves

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    • 12 June 2008 10:53, by Deng Ajok Deng

      Thanks Henry, I am also worry about these air crash always. May the government make a general campaign about this disease called air crash. And even, there is need for engineers to check the planes before the journey started. Otherwise, we need to mourn for those brothers and sisters who lost their lives. May peace rest up on them!
      So, you the rich, take care that is your disease. Otherwise, it will finish you all and this world will remain for the poor. The option is to stop using air but land or water, even foot.

      Anyway, the world is ours!

      Cool Hero

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  • 12 June 2008 09:54, by Duot Atem de juach

    May my colleagues who had just passed away rest in peace. Could you God of every creature allow their souls to be with you in paradise?
    I doubt of what let plane to crush intentionally like that always. Are there really terrerorists in Khartoum? If no, why are Sudanese being crushed always by plane? To my bosses whom their pockets are half-ful of dollars and naire,please leave that issue of traveling by plane even if it is the fastest means of transport. Because you may try all possibilities of survival manners if you are in the vechicle then in the plane.It is better you move slowly to arrive safely.

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    • 12 June 2008 11:16, by garangdit garang

      Though I posted this article lately it main concern is to pass my Condolenency to the families WHO have lost their belove one in that tragic accident, but in this juncture my advice also goes to sudan government who does not maintenace its aircrafts.There were so many aircrashed that had happened in sudan with similar nature.please wake up greedy minsters with your preseident otherwise that thing will one day one time be about one you. Garangdit.

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      • 12 June 2008 16:02, by Mabor Yiel

        May the sacred heart of Jesus be with the families who have lost their belove ones."

        " Amen."

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  • 13 June 2008 15:33, by Bol Joseph Agau

    The company’s name should not be saved by lying that only thirty people died.
    The fact that more than a hundred died and every family who lost a member will be forcing its member as the 29th or the 30th is not fair.
    Others may say I am not feeling like a human being not to accept the lie for wrong number of death is not seeing to the furthest of my spot vision.
    This airways used to be called INSHALLAH those days to mean that God makes things great for this old craft to take you there without any problems, now that they bought the new airbus they forgot to use the same without good mechanical maintenance because they THINK Allah is still pushing us to heights with unserviced planes.
    I am so saddened by this news and i want the Khartoum based airlines to stop INSHALLAHING lives and they talk of modern services to stop the planes not be killing such a great number of people who are supposed to be partaking in this nation building.

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    • 14 June 2008 02:04, by Allaman Ikoilaman

      Yeah, thats the reward for your unfaithful deeds towards the innocent blood that you slaughtered with unmercifully.the wages of sin is death.now watch your steps.being rude,selfish,greedy and racist is the reward for your action.happy are the poor for they will be consoled and happy are the peace makers for they shall obtain peace.for it is in giving that we received .
      I wish all crashed were to be Arabs


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  • 14 June 2008 02:08, by Allaman Ikoilaman

    You must die, you jalabas

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    • 14 June 2008 03:58, by Khot Majok Tuil

      they must actually die but please we are losing our people which is painfull to all of us.my God bless Sudan. madam zero

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  • 19 June 2008 15:13, by Mohammed Mahadi

    "The aircraft burst into fire, shortly after landing. No, the aircraft veered off the runway first then caught fire??". Several condtradicting stories and comments from half unconscious and bewildered passengers. Officials from Sudan airways and Civil Aviation Authority were hunting the fleeing passengers to reveal themselves and give some reports but to my surprise as an Air Traffic Controller,Aeronautical flight engineer Aviation Instructor, no officials from the CAA after the crucial hours of the crash to manage the situation, to allow us speak technically then to show their condolonces for the agonized families. It was not difficult to clarify what was the cause of the accident from the first look but the media gave the chance to the police and civil defence officers after the representative of Sudan Airways who accused the CAA indirectly " The runway was full of water and that caused the aircraft to go off the runway???". I was on my holiday in Cairo when I saw our grandfa. captin Shekh Eldin telling Algazeera that the water on the runway was the main cause of the accident!!! furthermore, I felt sad when I saw the live picture of the burning aircraft on the CNN channel and other people telling the whole world what was going on at Khartoum airport in an understandable language. Here are some vital points for our officials to consider,
    - The occurance was a clear evidence that the adiminstration, bosses and staff of Sudan airwasys are exteremely poor, technically. How and why?
    - the flight in its planning up to the moment of the crach and the HUMAN FACTOR???
    - The impact of the accident, the administrative role and technical performance.
    - As a passenger, Now I am a waiting my turn to board Sudan airways back to Khartoum but who cares about the consequences of the crash PSYCHOLOGICALLY and economically, bear in mind that the scheduelled flights to all destinations was totally rupped out and passegers were exposed to some stresses.
    - This fatal accident should change the bad and poor aviation safety record in Sudan and a waken the government to put the right man on the right place without any consideration.
    Mohammed Mahadi Madani
    Air Traffic Controller, Aeronautical Flight Engineer and Aviation Instructor
    tel: 0924499072
    e-mail: khalifa_mohammed@hotmail.com

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    • 26 June 2008 09:08, by Mohammed Mahadi

      " Thanks God, we have safely landed at Khartoum airport" this is what the steward have said concerning flight SUD101 from cairo. I was listening to the 90 percent paniky passengers, one of them was in a hurry to sentence the captin of the crashed aircraft to deth because he lost one of his relatives , another passenger gave his own technical reason that led to the disaster. One of the passengers found out I am a Civil Aviation staff
      "this is your aircraft you killed more than 30 passengers Mr Mohammed" he said. Yes, no one has to be blamed to reveal himself but my conclusiion was 100 percent of our people in Sudan lack the knowledge therefore they live out of aviation culture.Again I do not blame them because of the poor media’s role but technically I say to the simple reader, aviation accidents are not similar to all roads ones(draw the accident ask the on-lookers and judge).Hereunder are some points for your understanding,
      - Thanks, our President Omer Albashir pledged a transparant investigation all through and put the case cristal clear on on our hands.
      - Technically, I congratulate all those who lost their lovers that the assigned committee memebers for the investigation are highly professional staff and experts from the Sudanese Civil aviation Authority and under the auspices of the International Civil Aviation Organization .
      - For the general understanding,the committee collect information from different sources and in this case for instance, ( Air Traffic Control, Sudan Airways, Meteorology).
      - According to ICAO rules and regulations, please note that this accident is not a police case because occurerd within the skirt of the airport and not harmed any third person and here is a vital point for our experts in Civil Aviation Authority to consider.
      - Did any similar accident happen before in Sudan? Yes if you go back in the history of accidents in Sudan I was a passenger on board MSR853, in July 2003.

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