32 killed in Sudan helicopter crash
Aug 20 2012
A Sudanese government helicopter has crashed before landing in a remote town in the country's southern mountains, killing all 32 people on board.
The victims included the minister of endowment, a leading politician, two army generals and a TV crew.
The delegation was travelling 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 crashed "due to harsh weather conditions" in a mountainous area near Talodi, a small town about 406 miles south-west of the capital, Khartoum, according to the state-run news agency, SUNA.
A Sudanese official said the aircraft slammed into a mountain just before it was to land in Talodi and blamed "zero visibility" due to the seasonal heavy rains in the region. He said a search team that reached the site of the crash was having trouble identifying the victims as many bodies were charred.
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 leading member of Sudan's Peace and Justice Party, Makki Balayela, were on the list, as were two generals and other officials. A four-member TV crew from Sudan's state television also died in the crash.
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