Nine killed as civilian plane crashes in Port Sudan

At least nine people have been killed in a plane crash in Sudan’s coastal city of Port Sudan.

“A civilian Antonov plane crashed today at Port Sudan airport as a result of a technical failure, resulting in the death of nine people, including four military personnel. A child survived the crash,” the Sudanese army said in a statement on Monday.

The crash came 100 days after fighting broke out in Sudan on April 15 between the army and the Rapid Support Forces paramilitary group in the capital Khartoum and states in western Sudan.

Port Sudan in the Red Sea state, located on the country’s eastern coast, is one of the cities that has been under the control of the Sudanese army since the war began.

Port Sudan’s airport is the only one still operating in the country, making the city a major transit point for much-needed foreign aid.

The war has left at least 3,000 dead in Sudan, according to a conservative estimate.

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