Government is banning operations by Russian-built Ilyushin
and Ukrainian Antonov aircraft following yesterday’s
fatal Ilyushin Il-76 accident at Khartoum,
the latest in a series of recent losses involving Sudanese aircraft.
Government has also dismissed the former director-general for civil aviation
and named a new chief to head the organisation.
four crew members on board the Il-76, bound for Juba, were killed when the
aircraft – transporting 36t of cargo – failed to gain altitude after departing Khartoum
and crashed about 1km from the end of the runway.
from the scene show the aircraft bore the marking ‘76009’, identifying the
transport as Ababeel Aviation’s aircraft ST-WTB,
which previously operated under the registration UN-76009.
of the Il-76 followed the crash of a Juba Air Cargo Antonov
An-12, outside Malakal, three days previously and the
10 June fatal landing accident at Khartoum
involving a Sudan Airways Airbus A310.
freight operator Kata Air Transport also lost an
An-32 during landing at the Moldovan capital Chisinau on 11 April, while Juba
Air Cargo’s other An-12 was destroyed in a landing accident at Khartoum in
November last year.
governmental news agency in Sudan
says that the Government declared more than a year ago that Soviet-era types
were unfit for freight transport, but that private carriers have persisted with
using them because they are affordable.
president Omar Al-Bashir has appointed Ibrahim
Abdulla Abdul Karim to take over the director-general position of the civil
aviation administration, as part of the inquiry process.