Information just received from Khartoum and Juba indicates that following apparently extreme political pressure on the aviation ministry’s regulatory department, the Khartoum government has now given Sudan Airways a reprieve and halted its directive that the national carrier stops all flights immediately.

Some governmental and aviation sources have confirmed that the initial suspension was not at all due to the crash but over other unspecified “administrative issues” that needed resolving.

Both Sudan Airways top management and also a number of influential people in the Khartoum government were reported to have put up their lobbying and following senior most intervention the regulators were counseled to lay off the airline and “give them time” to sort out their issues while continuing to operate.

Sudan Airways was reportedly given at least two weeks to prepare for a safety audit and provide other documentary evidence as to compliance with Sudanese Civil Aviation Authority regulations.

From other sources it was, however, learned that other than passengers already booked to come back home on Sudan Airways from its international destinations there is now clear apprehension by would be travelers over the safety of the airline and many have opted to book their flights on other airlines.