Sudan Airways Flight 109
The aircraft involved in the accident is seen here on approach to Dubai International Airport in April 2008
|Date||10 June 2008|
|Summary||Likely bad weather|
|Site||Khartoum International Airport
|Aircraft type||Airbus A310-300|
|Flight origin||Queen Alia International Airport|
|Stopover||Damascus International Airport|
|Last stopover||Port Sudan|
|Destination||Khartoum International Airport|
Sudan Airways Flight 109 was an international scheduled Amman–Damascus–Khartoum passenger service, operated with an Airbus A310-300, that crashed on landing at Khartoum International Airport on 10 June 2008, approximately at 17:00 UTC, killing 30 of 214 occupants on board.
The aircraft involved in the accident was an Airbus A310-324, c/n 548, tail number ST-ATN, that had its maiden flight on 23 August 1990 as F-WWCV. Equipped with a twin-PW4152 powerplant, it was delivered new to Singapore Airlines on 22 October 1990 and registered 9V-STU. Re-registered VT-EVF, it was delivered to Air India on 10 March 2001. The aircraft was finally registered ST-ATN, and delivered to Sudan Airways on 1 December 2007. The airframe was 17 years and 292 days old at the time of the accident.
The aircraft broke apart and subsequently caught fire. The flight had previously diverted to Port Sudan due to weather at Khartoum. This was the second plane crash in Sudan in two months; in May 2008, a plane crash in the southern part of the country killed 24 people, including members of the autonomous Southern Sudanese government.
The police chief in the area attributed the accident to bad weather. He said the weather "caused the plane to crash land, split into two and catch fire."  BBC News reported that there was a sandstorm in the area at the time of the crash, however, other sources say the plane landed safely, but the right engine exploded ten seconds after landing, before it had come to a full stop.
Many of the casualties were reported to be children with disabilities and seniors returning from treatment in Amman.
A death toll of 120 given earlier by officials was later said to be incorrect. Major-General Mohamed Osman Mahjoub told Reuters that authorities had so far counted 123 survivors from 217 people on board the plane and that 28 bodies were in the local mortuary. That would leave 66 people unaccounted for.
This assessment rose to "at least 28" dead, while 171 passengers survived, and 14 still were missing according to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokesman Abdel Hafiz Abdel Rahim. Earlier reports indicated 13 crew survivors and one crew missing.
By June 11, the CAA assessed that there were thirty dead, including one flight attendant while the 178 known survivors included ten crew. Six passengers remained unaccounted for.
The aircraft carried $16 million in insurance on its hull.
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