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Helicopter that carried Sudan’s vice president catches fire

February 28, 2015

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — An airport official says a helicopter that had carried Sudan’s vice president caught fire after landing hard following a strong crosswind.

Salah Salam, the director of Khartoum airport, said Sudanese Vice President Hassabou Abdul Rahaman had gone home before the incident after a trip Saturday to a central part of the country.

Salam said a strong crosswind caused the helicopter to “capsize” as the crew tried to take it into a hanger. He says the helicopter, which belongs to a private company, then caught fire, injuring one person.

Strong winds hit Khartoum on Saturday, causing an hourslong power outage in parts of the capital.

Separately, Sudan’s state news agency reported a helicopter carrying journalists and staffers of President Omar al-Bashir clipped an electrical line, causing no injuries.

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