June 11, 2008 / 1:01 AM / 11 years ago

Sudan plane death toll is at least 28: official

An image taken from video footage shows rescue workers fighting the flames of a Sudan Airways plane after it burst into flames upon landing at Khartoum airport June 10, 2008. REUTERS/Reuters TV

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - The head of medical services at Khartoum airport said on Wednesday the death toll of 120 he gave earlier from a Sudan Airways plane fire was incorrect and that the figure was now at least 28 dead.

Major-General Mohamed Osman Mahjoub told Reuters authorities had so far counted 123 survivors from the 217 people on board the plane and that 28 bodies were in the local mortuary. That would leave 66 people unaccounted for.

“The figure of 120 was incorrect. It was not confirmed,” Mahjoub said.

Some of the 66 people unaccounted for might have survived and left the airport area during the confusion caused when the plane burst into flames after landing on Tuesday, he said.

The authorities were asking them to make contact to help produce an accurate count of who died and who survived.

Writing by Jonathan Wright

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