Fatal Impact: Plane Crash of Sudan's Delegation to Talodi, South Kordofan, Sudan (Imagery)

Talodi Plane Crash Imagery

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New satellite imagery obtained by DigitalGlobe for the Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, confirms that the plane crashed 1.5 kilometers southeast of the SAF airstrip at Talodi. The plane, a 38-year-old Alfa Airlines Antonov An-26-100 (registration number ST-ARL3) missed its first attempted landing, and then crashed as it circled around for a second attempt.

Satellite imagery captured on August 20 and analyzed for SSP by DigitalGlobe’s Analysis Center shows that the impact site is on the southwestern slope of Hagar al Nar (Arabic for “stone of fire”), a cone-shaped mountain, formed by a volcanic vent, which rises 244 meters above the surrounding plain. The limited size of the debris field, characterized by a black burn pattern dotted with small pieces of debris in a confined area, indicates that the destruction of the plane was caused by the collision with the mountain, and not by any event prior to the moment of impact.

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