June 10, 2008 / 6:58 PM / 10 years ago

Official says Sudan plane death toll 28

A Sudanese airliner burns at Khartoum airport in this image taken off video footage June 10, 2008. The airliner, which was identified by Sudanese television as an Airbus, was carrying 217 people and had burst into flames after landing at Khartoum airport. REUTERS/Sudan 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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