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1998 Sudan Air Force crash

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Site  Nasir, South Sudan
Fatalities  26
Aircraft type  Antonov An-26
Number of deaths  26
Survivor  31
Crew count  7
Passengers  50
Survivors  31
Date  12 February 1998
Operator  Sudanese Air Force
Passenger count  50
1998 Sudan Air Force crash
Summary  Overshot the airport's runway while landing in inclement weather
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The 1998 Sudan Air Force crash was the crash of a Sudan Air Force transport plane at Nasir that killed several of the country's most senior government leaders, including the Vice-President Zubair Mohamed Salih.

On the morning of 12 February 1998, a Sudan Air Force Antonov An-26 turboprop attempted to land at Nasir Airport. The craft overshot the end of the runway and slid into the Sobat River. The Sudanese government announced that fog and strong winds had caused the crash. The SPLA's spokesman in Nairobi announced that the crash had not been an accident, but had been caused by an SPLA attack.


Of the 57 crew and passengers on board, 26 drowned in the river. Among the dead were:

  • Salih, the vice-president
  • Musa Sayed Ahmed, Director General of the Supreme Council for Peace
  • Arok Thon Arok, an ex-rebel turned government army officer
  • Timothy Tutlam, director of the Relief Association of Southern Sudan
  • Information Minister Brigadier Mohamad Kheir and another minister survived.


    1998 Sudan Air Force crash Wikipedia

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