President Saleh condoles Sudanese counterpart

SANA’A, June 11 ( Saba) – President Ali Abdullah Saleh sent Tuesday a cable of condolences to the Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir on victims of a Sudanese plane crash incident at Khartoum international airport. A Sudanese Airbus carrying 214 people veered off the runway in a thunderstorm and burst into flames late Tuesday, killing dozens unable to escape the inferno. Sudanese sources confirmed that 103 passengers and all 11 crew members survived. In addition, some other passengers may have gone home directly after the crew helped them through the emergency doors. Officials said most aboard were Sudanese. Deputy parliament speaker Mohammed al-Hassan al-Ameen said “about 30 people” died, while police spokesman Mohammed Abdel Majid al-Tayeb said 23 bodies were brought to the morgue. NN/YA Saba