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State media: Top government officials among 32 killed in plane crash

By the CNN Wire Staff
August 19, 2012 -- Updated 2211 GMT (0611 HKT)
Sudanese minister Ghazi al-Sadiq was among the people killed in a plane crash in Sudan, according to state media.
Sudanese minister Ghazi al-Sadiq was among the people killed in a plane crash in Sudan, according to state media.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Minister of endowments, 31 others killed in Sudan airplane crash
  • The plane crashes because of poor visibility caused by dust
  • State media: All aboard died

(CNN) -- A plane crash in Sudan has killed 32 people, including four ministers and other top government officials, state media reported Sunday.

Engineer Ghazi al-Sadiq, minister of guidance and endowments, died when the private plane he was on went down in the Sudanese mountains due to dust causing poor visibility, state media said.

Also killed in the crash were three state ministers and three major generals.

The plane, a Ukrainian-made Antonov, according to state radio, crashed near Talodi near the border with the new nation of South Sudan. There were no survivors.

The officials were traveling to the border state of South Kordofan for festivities marking Eid, the celebration of the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 lies in a field in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, July 17, after the Boeing 777 went down. U.S. intelligence has concluded the passenger jet carrying 298 people was shot down over Ukraine the day before but has not assigned any blame, a senior U.S. official told CNN. Ukrainian officials have accused pro-Russian rebels of downing the jet, but Russia has pointed the finger back at Ukraine, blaming its recent tough military operations against separatists. Wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 lies in a field in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, July 17, after the Boeing 777 went down. U.S. intelligence has concluded the passenger jet carrying 298 people was shot down over Ukraine the day before but has not assigned any blame, a senior U.S. official told CNN. Ukrainian officials have accused pro-Russian rebels of downing the jet, but Russia has pointed the finger back at Ukraine, blaming its recent tough military operations against separatists.
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State media said the officials were on their way to "bring Eid to different regions."

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