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Delta Connection denies involvement in South Sudan crash

May 6, 2008 (JUBA) — The Kenyan registered Delta Connection denied that one of its aircrafts was crashed near Rumbek last week killing two senior officials in the government of Southern Sudan.

The minister of Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) affairs Lieutenant General Dominic Dim Deng’s plane came down on Friday 375 kilometres (around 220 miles) from Juba, killing everyone on board, including many army officers.

In an email received by Sudan Tribune, the Delta Connection dismissed any link with the crashed aircraft

"Delta Connection did not operate the crashed aircraft (5Y-Flx beechcraft 1900) nor was it a Delta Connection service." the company said.

The aircraft was provided by Cem Air, a South African company, and operated by Flex air in Kenya. It was a South Sudan Air Connection service at the time of the crash, Delta Connection underlined.

The Sudan Tribune had reported that the crashed plane belongs to Delta Connection.

The plane went down Friday in a remote area of southern Sudan, killing 21 passengers and three crew members. Gabriel Changson Chan, the southern Sudanese minister of information, said that initial evidence indicates engine failure caused the crash.

(ST)