UN plane crash lands in Darfur

July 6, 2009 12:00 am

, KHARTOUM, July 6 – The pilot and co-pilot of a UN-contracted plane were injured when their aircraft crash landed in Sudan’s war-ravaged Darfur region on Monday, the UN said.

The Antonov 28 was bringing supplies to UN peacekeepers in the region when its nose wheel reportedly collapsed on landing at Saraf Omra in North Darfur, the UN said in a statement.

"A pilot and a co-pilot were injured. There were no fatalities. The incident is currently being investigated," it said.

The conflict in Sudan’s western Darfur region erupted in February 2003 when ethnic minority rebels took up arms against the Arab-dominated Khartoum government and its militia allies, recruited among Arab tribesmen.

The United Nations says up to 300,000 people have died and 2.7 million fled their homes since the conflict erupted. Sudan puts the death toll at 10,000.


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