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Al-Qaeda plane crashes

Part of Essam al-Ridi buys al-Qaeda a plane to ship Stinger missiles

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
LocationKhartoum, Sudan
Time Mid 1994
ParticipantsEssam al-Ridi, Ihab Ali, Wadih El Hage
Narrative and Notes
ReliableAccording to al-Ridi, El Hage asked him to train Nawawi -- Ihab Ali -- in flying al-Qaeda's plane, which had been parked at the Khartoum airport since al-Ridi had brought it there more than a year previous.

The plane was in terrible shape, so al-Ridi and Ihab Ali, himself a junior pilot, fixed it up and performed some touch-and-gos. However, as they tried to land, the brakes failed and the plane crashed.

Al-Ridi became scared for his life and fled Khartoum, returning to Cairo via Addis Ababa.
1Essam al-Ridi testimony, United States vs. Osama bin Laden et al, trial transcript, Day 5, Feb. 14, 2001.
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