Seven killed as cargo plane crashes in Sudan

Khatoum - A Sudanese cargo plane crashed outside the capital Khartoum on Thursday, killing all seven crew members, Civil Aviation Minister Ali Tamim Fartak said.

"It was a cargo plane coming with goods. Before it could land in Khartoum it crashed... Seven crew members were killed - six foreigners and one Sudanese," he said.

The foreigners were from eastern Europe, he added. He said he could not be more specific.

The plane, coming from Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates and probably carrying aid, was due to land in Khartoum before heading on to Nyala in South Darfur state, he said. It belonged to a private Sudanese company called Air West, he added.

The plane crashed at about 9am almost 50km outside the capital in the desert.

Rescue and investigation teams are on the site.

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