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The four people on board the plane were on a game survey when it crashed. The wreckage was found on Sunday in the Zambezi Valley.
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A South African, believed to be a researcher, was tragically killed after a plane crash in the Zambezi Valley over the weekend. According to SowetanLive two others, another South African and a Zimbabwean, were found with critical injuries while one other, a Zimbabwean, is still missing.
According to reports, the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) plane went missing on Friday afternoon and was found battered on Sunday 25 October 2020 in the Chewore North Safari Area, in the mid-Zambezi Valley.
According to the publication, the South African was found dead under the wreckage and the other two survivors — the pilot and a South African scientist — were found in a critical condition in the plane. They were airlifted and admitted at a private hospital in Harare. The fourth person, believed to be a ranger, is still unaccounted for.
ZimParks spokesperson Tinashe Farawo told SowetanLive that the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe is still carrying out investigations.
“Authorities recovered the body of a South African while another two people were found badly injured. The Air Force of Zimbabwe and authorities in Zambia are helping in the search for the fourth person, who remains missing,” said Farawo.
According to ZTN News, Farawo said they have deployed a team of 25 special rangers on the ground to try and find leads of the missing ranger who was aboard the aircraft which crashed. On Wednesday 28 October, Farawo told the news publication that they were still on the ground desperately looking for their colleague and were given another helicopter, two pilots and a technician.
On Saturday 24 October, just one day after the plane went missing in the Zambezi Valley, two people died in a light aircraft crash in Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal.
As previously reported by The South African, the Bushbaby light sports aircraft took off from Eva’s field, an airstrip in Hilton, and was on its way to Umkomaas on the KZN south coast. It crashed in a rugged bush area shortly after leaving Hilton.
“It is alleged that on 24 October 2020 at 12:10, a pilot, 58, and a passenger, 60, died after an aircraft crashed onto the hills immediately after taking off near the Hilton College. Hilton police are investigating an inquest and circumstances around the incident,” said SAPS Colonel Thembeka Mbele.
“Initial reports indicate that the aircraft, with two persons on board, crashed moments after takeoff, fatally injuring both occupants,” said Kabelo Ledwaba, spokesperson for the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
“The evidence collection phase, which has already begun, will continue on-site and will define the size and scope of the investigation, as well as the anticipated timeframe for the completion of a final accident investigation report,” he added.