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TIMELINE - African air disasters

(Reuters) - A Sudanese airliner burst into flames after careering off the runway on landing at Khartoum airport on Tuesday, killing 100 passengers, Al Jazeera television reported.

Following is a list of some major air crashes in Africa:

January 8, 1996 - At least 350 people die when a Russian-built Antonov-32 cargo plane crashes into a crowded market in central Kinshasa, capital of Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo).

-- November 23 - One hundred and twenty-five of 175 passengers and crew are killed when a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 crashes into the sea off the Comoros Islands.

January 30, 2000 - A Kenya Airways Airbus A-310 crashes into the sea shortly after takeoff from Abidjan in Ivory Coast, killing 169 of the 179 passengers and crew.

May 4, 2002 - A Nigerian EAS Airlines BAC 1-11-500 crashes in the north Nigerian city of Kano. At least 148 people are killed, 75 on the plane and 73 on the ground.

March 6, 2003 - An Algerian Boeing 737-200 crashes shortly after takeoff from Tamanrasset airport, killing 103 passengers and crew.

-- May 8 - Cargo door opens in mid-flight on an Ilyushin 76 transport plane in the Democratic Republic of Congo, sending at least 70 passengers plummeting to their deaths.

-- July 8 - A Sudan Airways Boeing 737 crashes shortly after takeoff near Port Sudan, killing 104 passengers and the crew of 11. One child survives.

-- Dec 25 - A Boeing 727 bound for Beirut clips a building after takeoff in Benin and plunges into the Atlantic Ocean, killing 111 passengers and crew. Twenty-two survive.

October 22, 2005 - A Nigerian Bellview Airlines Boeing 737-200 airliner with 111 passengers and six crew crashes north of Lagos, shortly after takeoff. All aboard are killed.

-- December 10 - A Nigerian Sosoliso Airlines DC-9 flight from Abuja carrying 110 passengers and crew crashes on landing. Four people survive.

May 5, 2007 - All 114 people on board a Kenya Airways Boeing 737 are killed when the plane crashes in torrential rain after takeoff from Douala in Cameroon en route to Nairobi.

April 15, 2008 - A Hewa Bora Airways McDonnell Douglas DC-9 crashes after aborting its takeoff from Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. At least 40 people are killed with more than 50 others still seriously injured.

-- June 10 - A Sudanese airliner with 203 passengers and 14 crew on board burst into flames after careering off the runway on landing at Khartoum airport, killing 100 passengers, Al Jazeera television reports.

Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit, and Nagesh Narayana; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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