Sudan plane crash kills all 32 on board
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 19, 2012, 17:36
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Khartoum: A plane carrying a ministerial delegation crashed in Sudan’s South Kordofan state, killing all 32 on board, President's office said on Sunday.

The dead included Sudanese Minister for Guidance and Religious Endowments Ghazi al-Sadiq and a leading member of Sudan's Peace and Justice Party, Makki Balayela.

"The plane, Antinov, belonging to a civil aviation company, left Khartoum at 6.00 am,” Sudan's Civil Aviation spokesperson Abdul-Hafez Abdul-Rahim said.

They were en route to the volatile South Kordofan state, to attend prayers for a Muslim holiday.

South Kordofan State has been recently witnessing armed clashes between the Sudanese Army and the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA).

The spokesperson did not decline the possibility of the plane getting exposed to "some hostile act".

However, reports from Sudan's state news agency SUNA said the plane crashed "due to harsh weather conditions" in a mountainous area near Talodi, a small town about 650 kilometres, or 406 miles, southwest of the capital, Khartoum.

(With Agency inputs)

First Published: Sunday, August 19, 2012, 15:24

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