Six Dead in Sudan Chopper Crash

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All six crewmen aboard a Sudanese military helicopter were killed when it crash-landed and burned in North Kordofan state on Friday, the army said.

Fire broke out because of a "technical problem" aboard the Russian-made aircraft three minutes after takeoff from a base at El Obeid, the state capital, army spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad told Agence France Presse.

The pilot crash-landed in a yard "but the fire destroyed the plane completely and all six crew were killed," he said.

Saad said the chopper was carrying "military equipment" on a logistical mission.

The official SUNA news agency reported that the aircraft was a helicopter gunship.

El Obeid is a base for the Sudanese military but there is no known rebel activity in that immediate area.

Sudan's armed forces since June have been battling rebels further south in adjacent South Kordofan state, as well as in Blue Nile state.

On Thursday South Sudan's military spokesman said Sudanese air raids killed 17 people in the border state of Western Bahr al-Ghazal, the second day of stepped-up bombing along the northern frontier.

The spokesman also said bombing had resumed over the previous two days around Jau, a disputed area along the South Kordofan-Unity state border.

Khartoum dismissed the allegations of bombing in Western Bahr al-Ghazal as "incorrect", and accused South Sudan of building up its troops in the Jau area to attack inside Sudan.

South Sudan separated from Sudan in July after an overwhelming vote for independence that followed more than two decades of civil war.

Each side has accused the other of supporting rebels inside its borders.

Comments 2
Default-user-icon andre (Guest) 30 December 2011, 16:16

I don`t think this pict fits the accident

Default-user-icon nol (Guest) 31 December 2011, 15:43

the picture is of ZS-RAW a Bolkow Bo-105 of the South African Police. It crashed after hitting powerlines on the 4 of July 2008. Although the occupants were injured nobody died. I found the data on ASN the best site in the world!