32 killed in Sudanese Helicopter Crash

A Sudanese helicopter carrying a government delegation crashed in a mountainous southern region on Sunday, killing all 32 people on board including a Cabinet minister, a former presidential adviser, two generals and a TV crew.

The delegation was travelling aboard a chartered helicopter to the volatile South Kordofan state to attend prayers on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

The helicopter went down “due to harsh weather conditions” near Talodi, a small town about 650 kilometers (406 miles) southwest of the capital, Khartoum, state-run news agency SUNA said.

A Sudanese official said the aircraft slammed into a mountain just before it was to land in Talodi, as seasonal heavy rains in the region left the pilots with “zero visibility”. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media.

He said a search team that reached the site of the crash was having trouble identifying the victims as many bodies had been charred and torn to pieces.

The office of Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir released a list of all 26 passengers and six crew members who perished in the crash.

Minister of Endowment Ghadi al-Sadeq and a former adviser to al-Bashir, Makki Balayela, were on the list, as were the two generals and other officials. A four-member TV crew from Sudan’s state television also died in the crash.

Sudan has a poor aviation safety record, with a large number of jet accidents occurring on landing. In late 2010, a plane carrying 36 people crashed on landing in Sudan’s western Darfur region, killing at least two people.

And in May 2008 — before South Sudan became a separate country — a plane crash in a remote area in the south killed 24 people, including key members of the regional southern Sudanese government.

Five years earlier, a Sudan Airways Boeing 737 en route from Port Sudan to Khartoum crashed soon after takeoff, killing all 115 people on board.

ABC News

  • 5thDrawer

    Wow .. 32 in a helicopter? Was that something like Pakistani trains ? Or was only the TV crew hanging on the outside? 
    Maybe it was a Sikorsky …. 🙂

    • bs244846

      there is a diffference between a train and a helicopter…one is on rail one flies…obviously you are not the sharpest knife in the drawer…from now on am gonna call you the dwarf 5thEinstein

      • 5thDrawer

        Wow again … didn’t think you were THAT slow … and that came from AUB experience?? Tsk. Sorry. (not)

        Below …
        Well, the Italian dictionary helped … small as mine is. ‘Who goes well, goes sanely; and who goes sanely goes long.’ Thanks. It has been a long sane life.

        • bs244846

          chi va piano va sano e chi va sano va lontano….you wont have lot of difficulty in understanding this…just google translate….i hope now you get the difference between a helicopter and a train…if thats the case then i was wrong, you are showing some improvement, slow but sure

    • bs244846

      there is a diffference between a train and a helicopter…one is on rail one flies…obviously you are not the sharpest knife in the drawer…from now on am gonna call you the dwarf 5thEinstein

  • 5thDrawer

    Wow .. 32 in a helicopter? Was that something like Pakistani trains ? Or was only the TV crew hanging on the outside? 🙂

    • bs244846

      there is a diffference between a train and a helicopter…one is on rail one flies

      • 5thDrawer

        Wow again … didn’t think you were THAT slow … and that came from AUB experience?? Tsk. Sorry. (not)

        • bs244846

          chi va piano va sano e chi va sano va lontano….you wont have lot of difficulty in understanding this…just google translate….i hope now you get the difference between a helicopter and a train…if thats the case then i was wrong, you are showing some improvement, slow but sure

  • Moe2000

    Allah Yirhamon.

  • Moe2000

    Allah Yirhamon.