A Sudanese passenger plane was attempting an emergency landing during a sandstorm when it crashed in a field, killing all 53 people aboard, officials said Saturday.
The private Federal Airlines jet was en route to Khartoum when it crashed at 10 p.m. Friday. Among the dead were 26 students at Bahr el-Ghazal University in southern Sudan.
Sand had covered the runways of Khartoum airport, so the pilot of the Russian-made Antonov 24 tried to land in an area cleared for construction of a new airport outside the capital, officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The crash killed 48 passengers and five crew members, all of them Sudanese, Kheir said.