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Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 6 October 2015
Date:Thursday 21 December 1989
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
IRMA/Britten-Norman BN-2A-9 Islander
Operator:Aviation Sans Frontières
Registration: F-OGSM
C/n / msn: 688
First flight: 1973
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Aweil (   South Sudan)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Aweil Airport (HSAW), South Sudan
Destination airport:Khartoum-Civil Airport (KRT/HSSS), Sudan
Shot down using a SAM-7. The BN-2 had received takeoff clearance and had just departed from Aweil. It crashed 800 m from the runway.
The Sudanese government accused the SPLA (People's Liberation Army Sudan) of downing the airplane. The SPLA has denied being involved and in turn, accused the government of Sudan.

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Aweil Airport to Khartoum-Civil Airport as the crow flies is 938 km (586 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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