Engine catches fire, compels Sudan airliner to make emergency landing

Published on : Thursday, March 2, 2017

Badr AirlinesA passenger plane that was flying to Saudi Arabia was compelled to make an emergency landing on Wednesday immediately after its engine caught fire, according to the civil aviation ministry.


The flight had been carrying 125 people on board.


Badr Airlines was operating the plane that was capable of making a safe landing in Port Sudan, a Sudanese city, as per the official account of the ministry in a statement. The plane was carrying the travellers from Khartoum to Jeddah, said Abdelhafiz Abdelrahim, the spokesman of the ministry.


There were no casualties.


However, the ministry spokesperson did not divulge the cause of the fire in the engine. Also, the officials from Badr Airlines were unavailable for comment. Badr Airlines has been operational since the year 2004 and it is used for cargo transportation and also passenger transport.


It is a privately owned company and offers chartered flights.


The cargo planes of this airliner have regularly transported humanitarian products for UNICEF, World Food Programme and other global aid agencies, as the company describes on its website.


Accidents are common among the ageing fleet of aircraft of Sudan. This is the reason why several countries have been banning many Sudanese airlines for safety reasons.


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