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Argentina’s airline Sudan’s crashed plane had technical problems


June 13, 2008 (KHARTOUM) — Argentina’s national airline, Aerolíneas Argentinas, said it had detected technical problems and declined to charter the Airbus A310 which crashed last at Khartoum Airport this week and killed 30 passengers.

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Authorities inspect the scene the morning after a Sudanese jetliner veered off a runway, at the airport in the capital Khartoum, Wednesday, June 11, 2008. (AP)

In a press statement released on Thursday Aerolineas said that although in January 2007 it began discussions to charter the Airbus 310, it finally decided to cancel the operation.

“In September 2007 and as a consequence of the technical inspection done by maintenance staff from the company, it was decided to desist on the convenience of incorporating the aircraft to our fleet”, the statement says.

The civil aviation authority and Sudan Airways were probing the cause of the accident, Sudan Airways General Manager Abdalla Idris said on Wednesday, amid contradictory reports on whether technical failure or the weather were to blame.

Airbus said in a statement that it was sending a team of specialists to Khartoum to help in the investigation. It said the plane involved in the accident was 18 years old and had been operated by Sudan Airways since September 2007.

France’s Inquiry and Analysis Bureau, known by its French initials BEA, is also taking part in the inquiry because the plane was made by France-based Airbus.

The plane had flown from Damascus via Amman carrying 203 passengers and 11 crew members.


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  • 14 June 2008 09:57, by Bol Joseph Agau

    The Argentinian knew this before and did not tell the Sudan airways because they don’t like Sudanese while the work in the same Sudan.
    Sudan Airways is still to be blamed for the death of more that one hundred people whom they reduced to their figure to save the image of the company.
    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 to be killing such a great number of people who are supposed to be partaking in this nation building.

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    • 15 June 2008 02:24, by youngdinka

      bol j agau. what is wrong with you? didnt arabs and muslimists kills member of your generation or family? well i reckon you are mourning arabs or muslimst victims that died in a sudan airline veer off because arabs didnt kill of your family member that is why you are supporting and mouring them.

      i think you dont know or never heard the destruction arab people cause/did to our country and our resources eg oils and many of other resources.

      arabs crashed our (southern sudan) planes twice our late Hero Dr Garang De Mabior and the one crashed in march and killed 19 spla/m officials. so yeah it was reward for arabs to see what they did was actually wrong for setting up the southerners officials.

      al beshir man you were very lucky because you wasnt on abroad so watch your back. turn is next on the northern sudan’s air/planes will be crashs will be difinetly you.

      as you committed genocide against southerners

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