Harare plane crash claims 2

This picture combo shows (left) the wreckage of the Air Force of Zimbabwe trainer jet which crashed killing two pilots, while on the right an AFZ recovery crew assesses the crash scene near Charles Prince Airport in Harare yesterday

This picture combo shows (left) the wreckage of the Air Force of Zimbabwe trainer jet which crashed killing two pilots, while on the right an AFZ recovery crew assesses the crash scene near Charles Prince Airport in Harare yesterday

Farai Kuvirimirwa Herald Reporter
Two Air Force of Zimbabwe officers were killed yesterday afternoon when a training aircraft they were flying, plunged into a squatter settlement next to Charles Prince Airport in Harare. The pair was flying an SF260 trainer aircraft when it nosedived at around noon into Willdale settlement in Mt Hampden, killing them on the spot.

No one on the ground was injured, but unconfirmed reports said some structures were destroyed.
AFZ spokesperson Squadron Leader Simon Matingwina confirmed the incident.

“The names of the deceased are being withheld and will be announced after their next of kin have been advised,” he said.
AFZ commander Air Marshal Perrance Shiri said: “We are deeply saddened by the aircraft accident, which has claimed the lives of our officers. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the courageous officers who died in the line of duty.”

Air Marshal Shiri said the cause of the accident would be determined after aircraft accident investigations have been conducted.
An AFZ recovery truck took away the wreckage of the red and white plane before journalists were ordered to vacate by a Civil Aviation Authority officer identified as Willard Makanha.

Police detectives and senior AFZ officers could be seen entering the area that was cordoned off with a yellow warning tape.
AFZ personnel could also be seen collecting the debris of the plane.

Civilians were barred from entering the area including hundreds of residents from the informal settlement who were ordered to vacate the area and stood metres away from their shacks.

A resident of Willdale said she heard a loud bang when the plane crushed close to her residence.
“I had to rush and people were afraid to go and assist. In a few minutes the police arrived and the bodies of the deceased were taken and we were ordered to vacate our houses,” he said.

Zimbabwe will on September 7 this year host the Big African Air show, which will be graced by 20 aerobatic stuntmen from all over the world at Charles Prince Airport.

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  • Popiro

    The plane was Gamatoxed.

  • Nzenza Popotai

    “No one on the ground was injured,but unconfirmed reports said some structures were destroyed??????
    I am sure if there were structures around the sight that were destroyed the reporter would have seen them.This does not call for an expert.I am sure it,s mechanical fault,these planes are too old.

  • Tich

    RIP Comrades. Your Nation mourns you.

  • Mlungisi

    RIP sons of Zimbabwe.
    One could ask if this is imputable to poor wages through incoherent government policies, resulting in so many of the most competent and experienced aircraft maintenance crews disappearing to seek greener pastures in other countries, and corrupt procurement officers buying cheap non-tested and counterfeit aviation spares at full genuine certified prices while pocketing the difference?

  • madzorera

    RIP our gallant sons. We are proud of you

  • Dzapiringana Chimhini Haipo

    It requires courage to fly these planes…

  • Sean

    RIP our gallant sons. We are proud of you

  • Mfundisi

    Rest in peace dear children of Zimbabwe. But why risking your lives fly in dinosaur age equipment? Why die before your time? For what? These planes are from western or eastern scrap yards. Or donated by South Africa. I am upset that this regime continues to put our people in harmsway for their useless egos.

  • bee

    And after one plane crashes into a residential area you decide to do a 30 minute training session today around 1500hrs over Westlea ko mukatiwira again endai munoitira kusingagare vanhu WTF

    • LLOYD

      RIP BROTHERS

  • 2014tomtos

    RIP. Regime failing to maintain their arsenal