Date & Time: Jun 27, 2008 at 0705 LT
Type of aircraft:
Antonov AN-12
Operator:
Registration:
ST-ARN
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Cargo
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Plain
Schedule:
Khartoum-Juba
MSN:
8 3 460 10
YOM:
1968
Region:
Africa
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
7
Captain / Total flying hours:
13300
Captain / Total hours on type:
5000
Copilot / Total flying hours:
11535
Copilot / Total hours on type:
3300
Circumstances:
Aircraft left Khartoum at 0555LT for Juba, south Sudan. During flight, while cruising at FL170 in bad weather conditions, three engines stopped. Aircraft lost altitude and eventually crashed in flames in a unhabited area. Seven crew were killed, one survived. Aircraft was destroyed by impact and post impact fire.
Probable cause:
Sudan's Central Directorate of Air Accident Investigation concluded the probable causes as follow:
The three engines (#1, 3 & 4) failure constitutes the main cause.
Contributory factors:
En route bad weather and pilot visual entry into an embedded thunderstorm.
Unserviceability or sudden failure of weather radar.
Accumulation of ice led to the blockage of the engines air intake assembly.
The nature of the impact area was forest, this caused the detachment of the aircraft parts. The running engine # 2 caused the fire.