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16 June 2008

Crash of Sudan Airways A310 and Other News Items

A Sudan Airways A310 Crashed in Khartoum on 10 June 2008, killing one of the 14 crew member and approximately 30 of the 203 passengers. The aircraft was on an unscheduled domestic flight from Port Sudan to Khartoum. The aircraft had been on a scheduled international flight from Damascus, Syria to Khartoum, but had earlier diverted to Port Sudan due to weather conditions in the Khartoum area. The aircraft landed, and then overran the far end of the runway by about 230m (750ft), coming to rest on rough ground slightly to the left of the extended center line. The right engine and right side of the aircraft caught fire, and the fire quickly spread to the rest of the plane and destroyed the aircraft.

Fatal A310 Events

Fatal Event Rates by Model

Fatal Sudan Airways Events

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1 comment:

  1. Is it mere coincidence or some other factor or set of factors that seems to suggest that virtually all or all of A310 fatal accidents have occurred either in underdeveloped countries or countries that are or at least 'were' not renowned for safety concerns? That is, one does not see this in Western Europe, or North America either at all or at least to the same extent.