Antonovs collide in Khartoum

The Sudanese Air Force lost two Antonov transport aircraft in a crash at Khartoum Airport, Sudan on October 3. Two Antonovs were coming in to land, with the first, an An-26, successfully touching down. An An-32 following closely behind almost veered of the runway and bounced several times before impacting the An-26, breaking of the An-32’s nose section and heavily damaging both aircraft. Apparently eight people were injured in the accident. The crash is the latest to afect the Sudanese Air Force – on September 21, two pilots were killed when their K-8 jet crashed near Omdurman whilst on a training mission and earlier in the month a Mi-17 crashed at Nyala Airport. Several Sudanese An-26s have been lost in crashes over the years.