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14 Top Officials Die in Plane Crash

April 05, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

In a blow to Sudan's military at a critical point in the nation's civil war, the deputy defense minister and 13 other high-ranking officers were killed as their plane crashed on takeoff in the war-torn south.

The Russian-made Antonov plane broke in two after it skidded off the runway in bad weather, military spokesman Lt. Gen. Mohammed Bashir Osman said. He did not describe the weather, but it was believed to be a sandstorm.

Sixteen on the plane survived. Six were flown to Khartoum for treatment, Osman said. He said the crash site was far from the war zone.

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