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Russian crew rescued after crash-landing a Sudan military transport plane

CAIRO At least two people were killed in the crash of a Sudanese Air Force cargo plane with a largely Russian crew.

Officials said a Russian-origin An-12 air transport made an emergency landing in a military airport in Khartoum on Thursday. They said the Antonov rammed into a main battle tank and the plane caught fire.

The Sudanese Air Force has at least four Antonov air transports, according to reports by Middle East Newsline. Western diplomats said the air force has used the Antonov for bombing operations in the war-torn province of Darfour.

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Mohammed Al Hassan Taha, director of Khartoum International Airport, said the An-12 took off from his facility in a flight for the southern Sudanese capital of Juba. Taha said the Antonov contained 12 tons of equipment and fuel for a seven-hour flight.

Several minutes after take-off, the Antonov captain reported a technical mishap and requested to return to Khartoum International Airport. Taha said the plane landed and veered out of control toward the military airport.

The plane caught fire and crashed into an MBT, officials said. The crew of three Russians and a Sudanese were rescued from the destroyed air transport.

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