Sudanese troops die in helicopter crash
06 June 2013, 18:08
Khartoum - Two Sudanese air force crew died on Thursday when
their helicopter crashed in war-torn Blue Nile state, the army said, a week
after another chopper went down in conflict-plagued South Kordofan.
The incident happened near the airport outside Ed Damazin,
the capital of Blue Nile state, said army spokesperson Sawarmi Khaled Saad.
"A military helicopter on a training flight crashed
into an electricity tower," he said.
Rebels claimed to have shot down the aircraft, although the
Damazin area is government-controlled.
Insurgents of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North
(SPLM-N) in Blue Nile and South Kordofan have been fighting for two years.
Last Friday the Sudan Revolutionary Front, a rebel coalition
to which SPLM-N belongs, said it shot down a military helicopter in South
A witness there reported seeing smoke trailing from the
aircraft above the town of Abu Kershola.
The military relies heavily on air power in its campaign
against the SPLM-N, as well as in battle against rebels from Darfur, in Sudan's
The air force fleet of Russian-made planes and helicopters
has suffered a number of losses in recent years, with the military frequently
blaming technical problems.