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Plane Bursts Into Flames, Khartoum Airport, Sudan

Plane Bursts into Flames at Khartoum Airport; About 100 People Reported Killed

Reports from Sudan say at least 100 people were killed when a plane veered off a runway at Khartoum's airport and burst into flames.

About 200 passengers were thought to be aboard the Sudan Airways plane when it landed in bad weather late Tuesday.

State-run television in Sudan says about 100 people died in the accident. The head of airport medical services, Major General Mohamed Osman Mahjoub told Reuters news agency that rescue workers have found 120 bodies. He said 97 people survived the crash.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and by late Tuesday had brought the fire under control.

The flight originated in Damascus, Syria, and made a stopover in Amman, Jordan, before flying to Khartoum.

Sudan has a poor aviation record.

In May, a plane crashed in a remote area of southern Sudan, killing 23 people, including key members of the southern Sudanese government.

In July 2003, a Sudan Airways plane crashed soon after takeoff near Port Sudan, killing 115 people.

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