News Plane Crashes Update News — 27 March 2017

Manicaland police spokesperson Tavhiringwa Kakohwa would neither deny nor confirm the number of casualties in the plane crash and its intended destination.

“l can confirm that there was a plane crash in Vumba near Mozambique. The number of people who died is not yet confirmed,” Kakohwa said.

NewsDay visited Mutare Aerodrome where the aircraft was slated to land in the morning and met a worker who refused to be named.

“A business delegation arrived here around 8am among them Chinese. They were waiting for the aircraft, but surprisingly they just left, more like in a huff, around 11am, that is when we received the news that there had been a crash in Vumba,” the worker said.

The police were reportedly scouring the area with the help of the Zimbabwe National Army helicopters for clues and possible survivors.

A Zimbabwe National Army helicopter later flew to Chancellor Primary School where bodies were recovered and taken to the nearby mortuary at Mutare General Hospital.

A source in Vumba said the six business executives were from Mozambique and that the crash happened at Honey-Wood Canning Company

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A small aircraft chartered by Mozambican ports company Cornelder has crashed near the Mozambique-Zimbabwe border, killing all six occupants according to reports.

A spokesperson for Mozambique’s Institute for Civil Aviation, IACM, told Zitamar News on Monday afternoon that it was still trying to verify whether the crash happened on the Mozambique or Zimbabwe side of the border.

The aircraft, a Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander, was operated by Beira-based ETA Air Charter, Lda, and was Mozambique’s longest-serving plane, having been certified for the first time in 1973.

Cornelder Mozambique, the company using the plane, is a private joint venture between Moçambique Ports and Railways (CFM) and Cornelder Holdings based in Rotterdam, Holland. The company’s chairman, Adelino Mesquita, was named among the victims of today’s crash. Mesquita is the brother of Mozambique’s Transport Minister, Carlos Mesquita.

Zitamar News understands that the plane was being piloted by one of the owners of ETA Air Charter Lda. Mozambican newspaper Noticias said on its website that there were two crew members and four passengers on board, and blamed the crash on bad weather in the mountains in the border region.

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