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Antonov An-12A plane crashed in Sudan, 18 killed

Four children and a UN official among the victims

An Antonov An-12A plane crashed last night in El Geneina, West Darfur, Sudan, killing 18 people including four children, a UN official and three judges from the city of Zalingei. The aircraft was transporting medical equipment and drugs to the Al-Helal Al-Ahmar company. Brigade spokesman Amer Mohammed Hassan said: "This is a military aircraft that crashed about five minutes after taking off from El Geneina airport". Currently the cause of the accident is unknown.

Antonov An-12 (NATO code name "Cub") is a straight-wing multirole turboprop four-engine built by Okb 153 directed by Oleg Konstantinovic Antonov and developed in the former Soviet Union in the late 1950s. Born as a military version of the An-10, the An-12 is the Russian equivalent of the American Lockheed C-130 "Hercules", and as such has not only been used as a tactical and strategic transport aircraft, but also as circumstance bomber.

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