Alfa Airlines AN26 near Talodi on Aug 19th 2012, impacted mountain during go-around

Last Update: October 10, 2012 / 11:25:45 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 19, 2012

Classification
Crash

Destination
Talodi, Sudan

Aircraft Registration
ST-ARL

Aircraft Type
Antonov An-26

ICAO Type Designator
AN26

An Alfa Airlines Sudan Antonov AN-26-100 on behalf of Sudan's Government, registration ST-ARL performing a charter flight from Khartoum to Talodi (Sudan) with 26 passengers and 6 crew, has crashed into a slope of the Nuba mountains south of Talodi at about 08:00L (05:00Z) during a dust storm. All occupants perished in the impact.

Sudan's Government said, the aircraft carried a delegation of 26 officials including Sudanese Minister of Guidance and Endowment to Talodi in the south of the country for a celebration. The crash of the aircraft was not result of military activity. All on board perished, the bodies are charred.

On Aug 24th 2012 the local government reported the black boxes have been found and recovered from the crash site.

Satellite Images taken by DigitalGlobe for the Sentinel Satellite Project Sudan identify the aircraft crashed about 1.5km/0.8nm southeast of the southern threshold of Talodi's runway on the slopes of Hagar al Nar (English: Stone of Fire), which rises 244 meters/800 feet above the surrounding terrain, approximate final position of the aircraft at N10.6060 E30.4040. The Sentinel Project states that the debris field is consistent with a controlled flight into terrain without any event prior to impact.

Sudan's Army confirmed an Alfa Airlines Aircraft was involved in the crash without mentioning further details of the aircraft. Two Ministers were on board of the aircraft.

Local Television reported the aircraft went around on its first attempt to land in Talodi due to weather but did not manage to climb above the terrain during the go-around.

Sudan's Civil Aviation Authority reported at the time of the crash visibility was substantially reduced due to a dust and dirt storm in the area. Three ministers (Guidance/Endowment, Tourism and Education) were on board of the Antonov airliner. An investigation has been opened.

On Aug 20th Sudan's Civil Aviation Authority confirmed an Antonov 26 of Alfa Airlines Sudan was involved in the crash.

On Aug 20th Alfa Airlines Sudan said their Antonov AN-26-100 ST-ARL, about 35 years old and having passed all required maintance checks, crashed into a hill due to a sand storm with visibilities of less than 600 meters/2000 feet. The aircraft had modern safety equipment including EGPWS on board. The aircraft was flown by a very senior Russian captain assisted by a Sudanese first officer, a navigator from Tajikistan and an Armenian flight engineer.

According to ATDB Alfa Airlines Sudan operate an Ilyushin IL-76D (registration ST-EWD), an Antonov 24RV (registration ST-ARP) and an Antonov 26 (registration ST-AWT). ATDB lists the Antonov 26 Combi ST-ARL as property of Ababeel Aviation, which dissolved into Alfa Airlines. A photo taken in December 2010 shows ST-ARL active and in good condition at Khartoum airport.

The airline states on their website (date stamp 2008) they operate two IL-76s freighters (ST-AWR and ST-WTB), one Antonov 32 freighter (ST-SMZ), two Antonov 26 freighters (ST-AWT and ST-ARQ), one Antonov 26 Combi (ST-ARL) and one Antonov 24 passenger (ST-ARP).

The airline, identifying itself also as Ababeel Aviation, had lost an IL-76 registration ST-WTB in 2008, see Crash: Ababeel IL76 at Khartoum on June 30th 2008, hit ground immediately after takeoff. The tail number ST-ARQ referenced by the Alfa Airlines for one of their cargo AN26s was involved in another accident, see Accident: Tarco Airlines AN24 at Zalingei on Nov 11th 2010, burst tyres on landing, broke up and burst into flames.

Talodi Airstrip features a paved, unmarked runway in approximate direction 01/19 of 1800 meters/5900 feet length at approximate position N10.617 E30.395 according to most recent satellite images, the runway was paved between Jan 13th and Mar 10th 2012.

No weather data (neither Metars nor local weather station reports) are available.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 19, 2012

Classification
Crash

Destination
Talodi, Sudan

Aircraft Registration
ST-ARL

Aircraft Type
Antonov An-26

ICAO Type Designator
AN26

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