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Sudan’s civil aviation chief resigns over plane crash

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August 21, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The head of the Sudanese Civil Aviation Corporation (SCAC), Mohammed Abdel Aziz, tendered his resignation to the country’s president Omer Al-Bashir on Tuesday, citing the need to account for a plane crash that killed 32 officials this week.

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Photo of the burned fuselage of the Antonov flight that crashed in Sudan on Sunday (Al-Shorog website)

It is not yet confirmed whether Al-Bashir has accepted the resignation which follows the death on 19 August of 32 people including one federal minister, three state ministers and a cohort of military and security officials in a plane crash in the country’s conflict-hit region of South Kordofan.

The plane, an Antonov AN-26 charter flight, exploded when it a hill around the town of Talodi, killing all people on board. According to the country’s Media Minister Ahmad Bilal, the crash was due to “bad weather conditions. The authorities also said the officials were on their way to perform Eid prayer in Talodi, which is the third largest town in South Kordofan and was recently the subject of several occupation attempts by the region’s rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N).

SCAC chief said that the Talodi crash had prompted him to resign, adding that the resignation was referred to the president. Abdel Azizi, who extended his condolences to the families of the crash victims, said that the incident was a national disaster and requires the official in charge to step aside. He further expressed his readiness to face the results of any investigation into the tragedy.

Meanwhile, the authorities revealed that the crew of the ill-fated plane was comprised of four Russian pilots, a Sudanese pilot called Abdel Moniem and two female Sudanese stewards. The Russian embassy confirmed on Monday that a Russian pilot was among the victims. “He was the captain,” Yury Vidakas, the embassy’s press officer, told AFP

Sudan complains that its aviation sector is eroding under more than ten years of US economic sanctions which prevent the country from buying spare parts. Recently the European Union decided to ban Sudanese aircrafts from entering its airspace citing lack of safety standards.

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  • 22 August 2012 08:36, by omoni jr.

    Do not resign ,just defect and join SRF On front-line

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    • 22 August 2012 12:00, by panchol

      North Sudanese.
      Bravo! good idea but why don’t you defect to join SPLA North so that you are to be on safe side because the regime in Khartoum is seriously sick.Just now look out!

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    • 22 August 2012 23:25, by Your Freedom

      This antinov was just broght down by SPLA-Nortnhbecause it was killing civilians. They cuold not mourn that is what they came for to slaughter Nubian Civilians. It wuold have been nice if Mohamed Harun died it , no problem ICC will hung him and his King Bashiir soon and peace come to sudan , while SPLM north take over

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  • 22 August 2012 08:38, by Robot

    Funny enough... wonders will never end from NCP Regime.

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  • 22 August 2012 09:08, by Paul

    Resign? for what? WTF!

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  • 22 August 2012 10:03, by Mario Otwari

    Hahahahahahaha, Mohamed Abdel Aziz,why to resigned after the death of only 32 Sudanese officails on the 19th August 2012 Plan Crashed at Southern Kordofan.The 32 people killed is nothing compared to Millions innocent civilians,women and children killed by Antinov during the 22 years of North/South Sudan Civil war. The People of South Sudan never surrender until they achieved their goal.Plz go ahea

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    • 22 August 2012 12:56, by Paul Ongee

      Ya Jama,
      It’s not fair to rejoice over the death of the 32 people who died in the plane crash although, some if not all, are our enemies. Such a tragedy is only known by God. It makes perfect sense if an enemy dies in front lines instead of something beyond our control. This thing called “plane” no matter where it’s manufactured, is engineered to take off and land safely but such...

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    • 22 August 2012 12:56, by Paul Ongee

      Ya Jama,
      It’s not fair to rejoice over the death of the 32 people who died in the plane crash although, some if not all, are our enemies. Such a tragedy is only known by God. It makes perfect sense if an enemy dies in front lines instead of something beyond our control. This thing called “plane” no matter where it’s manufactured, is engineered to take off and land safely but such...

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      • 22 August 2012 12:57, by Paul Ongee

        ...tragedy can be attributed to bad weather (poor visibility), human error (pilot’s negligence) and technical problem (poor maintenance).

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        • 22 August 2012 13:20, by Paul Ongee

          Let me come back to the topic. The head of SCAC Mohamed Abdel Aziz supposed not to resign before finger is pointed at him. Investigations team is not yet probably formed to present their findings. The Black Box would reveal something later following investigations in Moscow. President Bashir would only question maintenance record of the plane and the age. What we should all know it that....

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          • 22 August 2012 13:23, by Paul Ongee

            ...not only Sudan because of the imposed economic embargo, Africa is the dumping place of all old-aged industrial products.

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  • 22 August 2012 12:39, by malieng

    I suport Brother Panchol’s word. He has to defect to SPLA/SPLM-North so that he safe his life

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    • 22 August 2012 13:01, by panchol

      @Malieny.
      I agreed to you brother, because Mr. lech Bashir wanted to die with many people specially the big senior politicians since days of him to go hell are ticking.in fact the type of plane that crush was carrying most of Nubian, Funj and Darfurians officials. Bashir whanted to kill black by black.

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  • 22 August 2012 13:05, by thok chuni yok

    To leave your work it’s not a solution.

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  • 22 August 2012 13:20, by mohammed ali

    What a wrotten and filthy mentality! Hate which is burning inside you will & is burning your own country!Why you want him to defect to the SPLA ? You mean to join the thieves , who loooooooooooted their own people leaving them to die of hunger!

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    • 22 August 2012 14:48, by Akol Liai Mager

      Mohamed, a simple question is that; what is the different between Antonovs that drop bombs over civilians and that do not drop bombs, especially when the fact is that this downed Antonov is being piloted by Russians who making money by droping bombs over civilians and boarded by NIF top Generals?

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  • 22 August 2012 19:48, by Kodi Wilson

    Why do you decide to resign?.It imply that you are so coward to face president, is he God ? nonsense.That is accident and it is uncontrollable.

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  • 22 August 2012 20:01, by ViVa Sudan

    Respect to Paul Ongee but don’t forget how Garang died at least we have some idea how these ppl died but poor ppl in S. Sudan still don’t know why & how Garang died while Salva knows it well coz it is he who plotted with Musifini 2 loote da oli money 2 u who rejoiced remember it will happen to in ur state soon by da way why don’t u change ur Country Name it still Sudan & u hate Arabs funny ppl.

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