Sudanese airline grounded for security reasons
Sudan's national airline, Sudan Airways, has been temporarily suspended from flying all national and international flights by the country's Civil Aviation Authority, the BBC reported Saturday.
The measure, which takes effect from Monday, comes less than a fi- fortnight after a Sudan Airways plane burst into flames on landing in Khartoum, killing 30 people.
The director of safety and flight operations Mohammad Hassan al- Mujammer said Sudan Airways had not undertaken measures stipulated by the authority in an annual audit conducted at at the end of May.
The airline could be grounded permanently, if it does not comply with international security standards.
The decision had nothing to do with the incident on June 10, according to the Civil Aviation Authority.
Most of the over 200 passengers and crew had managed to escape the burning plane through the emergeny exits. A sandstorm and heavy rain hit the airport before the plane landed and visibility was poor, Sudan TV reported at the time.
Sudan has a poor reputation for air safety.