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Sudan military plane crashes, killing 15

From Isma'il Kamal Kushkush, for CNN
October 8, 2012 -- Updated 0056 GMT (0856 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The plane had 22 people onboard, Sudan's military says
  • Seven people survive the crash

Khartoum, Sudan (CNN) -- A Sudanese military plane crashed southwest of Khartoum on Sunday, killing 15 people, state media said.

The plane, which had 22 people onboard, was headed to El Fasher town, according to a military spokesman.

Seven people survived.

Before the plane split in half and erupted in flames, the captain called in a technical emergency, said spokesman Al-Sawarmi Khalid.

In August, a government plane crash in Sudan killed 32 people, including four Cabinet ministers and other top government officials.

Another military plane on a reconnaissance mission crashed in December, leaving six people dead.

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