Four children were among 18 people killed on Thursday when a Sudanese military transport plane crashed after take-off from West Darfur state, an army spokesperson said.
The plane crashed five minutes after take-off from an airport in the state capital El Geneina, after delivering aid to the area, which had been hit by recent deadly tribal fighting.
“An Antonov 12 military plane crashed Thursday night after take-off from El Geneina, killing its seven-member crew, three judges and eight civilians, including four children, who were onboard,” the spokesperson Amer Mohammed Al-Hassan said.
He said an investigation was under way to determine the cause of the crash.
Most of Sudan’s military and civilian fleet consists of old Soviet-made aircraft, and the country has suffered a series of crashes in recent years, with the military frequently blaming technical problems and bad weather.