Accident: scores escape burning plane

2008-06-11 00:00

Authorities inspect the scene the morning after a Sudanese jetliner veered off a runway after landing and exploded into flames, at the airport in the capital Khartoum, Sudan, yesterday.

At least 29 people were killed inside the burning plane, while 171 managed to escape, according to Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Abdel Hafiz Abdel Rahim. He said the aviation authority was hoping that those listed as missing had left the airport in the confusion after the blaze and gone straight home without informing authorities.

‘Whether [the fire was due to] a technical reason we don’t know yet,’ airport director Yusuf Ibrahim told Sudanese TV. ‘The plane was coming from Amman and Syria … It landed safely at Khartoum airport and they talked to the control tower, which told them where to taxi. At this moment an explosion happened.’

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