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8 injured after army planes collide at Sudan airport

The scene after two planes collided is seen at Khartoum Airport, Sudan. Picture: Gamil Banna /via Reuters

The scene after two planes collided is seen at Khartoum Airport, Sudan. Picture: Gamil Banna /via Reuters

Published Oct 4, 2018


Khartoum, Sudan - A collision between two Sudanese army planes on the runway at Khartoum airport on Wednesday injured eight people, officials said.

The Soviet-era Antonov aircraft had landed within seconds of each other when the accident occurred, an airport official said.

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"Eight people were injured and taken to hospital when two military planes collided at Khartoum airport," said another official who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity.

Sudanese military spokesman Brigadier Ahmed Khalifa Shami in a statement said the two aircraft were military cargo planes, and added that the incident did not cause "any losses". 

An investigation had been launched to find the reason for the collision, he said.

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Video footage posted on social media showed two planes moving along the runway before one suddenly rams the tail of the other.

Both planes appeared to have been badly damaged in pictures posted online. 

Airport officials said the facility had been temporarily closed after the accident.

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Wednesday's accident is the third to have hit Sudan's ageing military fleet in less than a month.

On September 21, two pilots were killed when their military jet crashed near Omdurman, the twin city of Khartoum on the west bank of the Nile.

It came days after a military helicopter crashed on landing in Darfur. All passengers were rescued as the helicopter caught fire.

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Most of Sudan's fleet consists of Soviet-made aircraft, and in recent years it has suffered several crashes, with the military frequently blaming technical problems and bad weather.

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