Thursday, November 30, 2023

6 feared dead in Mashava plane crash

Beverly Bizeki

Six people have been reported dead after a small aircraft allegedly owned by Rio Zim and was headed to Murowa Diamonds crashed at Peter farm, Zvamahande area in Mashava, Masvingo.

National Police Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the crash and said police officers were on the ground to establish what could have caused the crash.

“Our officers are on the ground right now to establish what could have happened, we will issue a report later so just check with us during the course of the day,” said Nyathi

Allegations are that the fatal incident happened at in the morning around 0800 hours today (September 29) after the Cessna 206 that was on its way from Harare to Murowa diamonds in Zvishavane developed a technical fault and crashed in a hilly area near Zvamahande Secondary School leading to the death of six people, the passengers and crew.

Some sources close to the matter suspect that the plane which was transporting four Indians and two Zimbabweans might have exploded midair leading to the crash as body parts were scattered all over the place.

Sources also said at least six pairs of shoes that had broken feet were recovered near the aircraft wreckage with some remains of human flesh being seen on trees.

In February this year a Murowa diamonds plane crashed in Beatrice although no fatalities were recorded.

In 2018, a Cessna 182 aircraft crashed and killed five people, the pilot and four tourists from Finland, Tokwane-Ngundu near Renco Mine.

The passengers were flying from Buffalo Range Airport in Chiredzi to Victoria Falls.

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