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Sudan crash airline is grounded  Sep 08, 2008

Sudan's national airline has been banned from flying for a month for failing to comply with aviation rules. Sudan Airways has been told that it will not be allowed... to fly domestically or internationally from Monday.

It comes less than two weeks after a Sudan Airways plane burst into flames after landing at Khartoum International Airport, killing 30 people.

However, the Civil Aviation Authority said the decision had nothing to do with the accident on 10 June.

Its director of safety and flight operations, Mohamed Hassan al-Mujammar, said Sudan Airways had failed to undertake measures outlined by the Authority in an annual audit carried out at the end of May.

He said it was time to stop this type of non-compliance with international standards.

As a result the company's Air Operators Certificate has been suspended from Monday, which will affect all international and domestic flights.

Mr Mujammar said the national carrier said it had been too preoccupied by the crash to take the actions urged by the CAA.

The airline has one month to appeal against the suspension or to carry out the necessary improvements.

No-one was available for comment from Sudan Airways.

An investigation into what caused the accident in June is under way.

Sudan has a poor reputation for air safety, especially on domestic flights.

Sudan crash airline is grounded
A charred Sudan Airways passenger plane lies on the tarmac of Khartoum airport / AFP/Getty Images

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