Engine Fire Forces Landing Of Saudi-Bound Sudan Plane


A Sudanese passenger plane flying to Saudi Arabia with 125 people on board made an emergency landing on Wednesday after one of its engines caught fire, the civil aviation ministry said.

The plane operated by Badr Airlines landed safely in the Sudanese city of Port Sudan, the ministry said in a statement.

“The plane carrying 125 people from Khartoum to Jeddah had to make an emergency landing after its left engine caught fire,” ministry spokesperson Abdelhafiz Abdelrahim told AFP.

“The plane landed safely and there were no casualties.”

He did not clarify what caused the fire.

Officials from Badr Airlines were not immediately available for comment.

Badr Airlines is a privately owned company operating since 2004 and is engaged in passenger and cargo transportation. It also provides chartered flights.

The airline’s cargo planes have regularly transported humanitarian aid for the World Food Programme, Unicef  and other international aid agencies, the company says on its website.

Apart from operating flights across Sudan, Badr Airlines operates regular flights to Cairo, Jeddah and Juba, the capital of neighbouring South Sudan.

Accidents are common among Sudan’s ageing fleet of aircraft, and many countries ban several Sudanese airlines for safety reasons.

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