1998 Sudan Air Force crash

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1998 Sudan Air Force crash
an Antonov An-26 similar to the aircraft involved
Accident summary
Date 12 February 1998
Summary overshot the runway while landing in bad weather
Site Nasir, South Sudan
8°36′58″N 33°04′04″E / 8.61616°N 33.06766°E / 8.61616; 33.06766Coordinates: 8°36′58″N 33°04′04″E / 8.61616°N 33.06766°E / 8.61616; 33.06766
Passengers 50
Crew 7
Fatalities 26
Survivors 31
Aircraft type Antonov An-26
Operator Sudan Air Force
Destination Juba, southern Sudan

The 1998 Sudan Air Force crash was the crash of a Sudan Air Force transport plane at Nasir that killed several of the country's most senior government leaders, including the Vice-President Zubair Mohamed Salih.[1][2]

On the morning of 12 February 1998, a Sudan Air Force Antonov turboprop attempted to land at Nasir Airport. The craft overshot the end of the runway and slid into the Sobat River.[3] The Sudanese government announced that fog and strong winds had caused the crash.[4] The SPLA's spokesman in Nairobi announced that the crash had not been an accident, but had been caused by an SPLA attack.[1]

Casualties[edit]

Of the 57 crew and passengers on board, 26 drowned in the river. Among the dead were:

Information Minister Brigadier Mohamad Kheir and another minister survived.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b McKinley, James (13 February 1998). "Influential Sudan Official Is Killed in Plane Crash". New York Times. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Taban, Alfred (13 February 2013). "Sudan's First Vice President killed in plane crash". Reuters – AlertNet. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Committee for Peace and Reconstruction in Sudan. (28 February 1998). "Nasir Plane Crash". Sudan Update 9 (4): 1. ISSN 1352-0393. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Air Crash Kills High Sudanese Leaders". AP. 13 February 1998. 
  5. ^ "Vice President of Sudan dies in plane crash". CBC News. 12 February 1998. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Quantin, Patrick. Gouverner les sociétés africaines: acteurs et institutions. Paris: Karthala, 2005. p. 296
  7. ^ "Sudanese Vice President killed in plane crash". BBC News. 12 February 1998. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Sudan buries plane crash victims". BBC News. 13 February 1998. Retrieved 30 August 2013.