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Sudan''s aviation authority chief resigns over plane crash

KHARTOUM, Aug 21 (KUNA) -- Sudan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) chief Mohammad Abdul-Aziz tendered his resignation to President Omar Al-Bashir Tuesday after a tragic plane crash on Sunday that left 32 senior state and military officials dead.
In his resignation letter, Abdul-Aziz regretted the death of the officials and expressed condolences to their relatives and all Sudanese people over missing of those dear compatriots.
"As a leader of the CAA am ready to shoulder responsibility of the tragic incident regardless of its causes," he said.
Thirty-two people, including a Sudanese government minister and other officials, were killed when a plane taking them to an Islamic festival crashed in the south of the country on Sunday.
The plane went down in mountains around Talodi, a town in the border state of South Kordofan, while taking a delegation there to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr festival marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The initial reports blamed the crash on "bad weather conditions" but did not give further details. (end) hha.ibi KUNA 212150 Aug 12NNNN