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Wing explosion blamed for Sudan airliner fire

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Wing explosion blamed for Sudan airliner fire


An explosion in the starboard wing is being blamed for the fire which destroyed an airliner at Khartoum Aiport in Sudan, killing at least 30 people. The plane had landed and was taxiing on the runway when the blast happened. The flames quickly consumed the body of the airliner, as rescuers struggled to help.

The plane, thought to be an Airbus A310, was carrying 203 passengers and 14 crew, and had flown from Jordan. Dust storms and rain at Khartoum forced it to divert to the Red Sea city of Port Sudan, before it returned to the capital.

More than 100 people are known to have survived, but Sudanese authorities say between 50 and 60 are still unaccounted for.

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