Badr Airlines 737 amongst aircraft destroyed at Khartoum Airport

A Badr Airlines Boeing 737 on the tarmac.
Eduard Onyshchenko (GFDL or GFDL), via Wikimedia Commons

Fighting between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary group Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has continued in the capital of Khartoum. A Boeing 737-800 aircraft belonging to

Last weekend, following days of rising tensions in the capital, the RSF overran several points including the Khartoum International Airport (KRT).

Fighting at the airport facility resulted in the destruction of several commercial aircraft, which notably included a Ukrainian SkyUp Boeing 737, and a Saudi Arabian SAUDIA Airbus A330.

The conflict centres on two previously associated leaders of the ruling military junta – the chief of the Sudanese army General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the leader of the rapid support forces, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.

The dispute has arisen over the recent decision to form a new civilian government, following a military coup in 2021 which installed Burhan into power.

Badr Airlines 737 destroyed at KRT


Yesterday, surfaced on social media showing more damage sustained to aircraft at Khartoum airport.

One video depicts an aircraft claimed to belong to the Sudanese private airline Badr well ablaze on the airport apron.

Video footage via Twitter

The registration of the aircraft in question is quoted as 4L-MWA, which identifies the aircraft as a Badr Airlines Boeing 737-800, a 16-year-old aircraft leased from MyWay Airlines.

Planespotters.net database confirms that this aircraft was destroyed yesterday, 20 April at KRT during fighting between the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

Badr Airlines has suspended flight operations in and out of Sudan on the weekend, when fighting broke out initially at Khartoum International Airport.

The Sudanese had posted an announcement of the operational suspension to its social media channel on April 15.

According to data from the satellite imagery company Maxar Technologies, at least 14 aircraft have been subsequently destroyed or damaged at the airport.

Image Credit: Maxar Technologies via @Maxar Twitter

About Badr Airlines

Badr Airlines is a private owned company established in 2004 and registered in Sudan. The company is mainly engaged in passenger and cargo operations and occasionally provides chartered VIP flights.

The airline is heavily engaged in cargo transportation operations for humanitarian aid provided by WFP, UNICEF, MSF, FAO and Red Cross. 

Update


As the situation continues to unfold in Sudan today, reports are starting to suggest that the Sudanese Armed Forces may have taken control of the capital of Khartoum.

The World Health Organisation has stated that at least 413 people have been killed in the fighting and thousands more injured. Up to 20,000 people have reportedly fled to the neighbouring nation of Chad.

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