KHARTOUM - A Sudanese military
helicopter crashed in the country's North Kordofan state on
Friday, killing all six crew
members on board, the armed forces
Sudanese military spokesman Al-Sawarmi Khalid said the helicopter
went down about three minutes after taking off from the El-Obeid
airport because of a technical
"A fire broke out due to a technical failure. The captain of the
aircraft attempted to land near the airport, but the fire
intensified, resulting in the martyrdom of the crew of six people,"
Sudan's armed forces are fighting insurgents south of North Kordofan,
near the volatile border with South Sudan, and
rebels from the western
Darfur region say they have carried out attacks in North Kordofan,
but there was no indication the helicopter crash occurred as a
result of fighting.