2 die as plane crashes near Harare (PHOTOS) Two pilots died on the spot when an Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ) plane crashed soon after taking off at Charles Prince Airport in Harare.

The plane, which was one of four that took off at Charles Prince Airport around 12 mid-day, crashed into a nearby compound, killing the pilot and co-pilot on the spot.

When the news crew arrived at the scene of the accident, AFZ senior officials were still trying to ascertain the cause of the accident with barricades being put in place while people from the compound were driven out.

Reporters were denied access to film the plane wreckage and was ordered to vacate the area.

People at the scene of the accident, who spoke off camera, said four planes took off at Charles Prince Airport before the SF 260 Genet aircraft crashed into the compound.

2 die as plane crashes near Harare (PHOTOS) Sources privy to the sad development said the aircraft is based at Thornhill Air Base in Gweru, indicating that the plane was part of the drills being done ahead of the air show slated for Sunday.

The air show attracts various partners from across the region and information obtained indicates that other regional participants are already in the country as the show was expected to attract hundreds of people.  

Meanwhile, in a statement, the AFZ acknowledged the air crash, saying the names of the deceased are still being withheld until their next of kin have been advised.

AFZ Commander, Air Marshal Perrence Shiri said news of the accident and the death of the aircrew has been received with shock and deepest sorrow.

He described the two officers as courageous.




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buju
0 # buju 2014-09-05 06:12
rip magandanga
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clemz
0 # clemz 2014-09-05 06:14
It crashes bcoz no proper service. Zim must through away pride n ask appology to UK
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Hacha Ndizvo
+2 # Hacha Ndizvo 2014-09-05 07:35
Yaa true. The pale devils said they will not supply any spare parts and our air force has resorted to using tins of beef and beans as home made spares. Shame.
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Igwe
0 # Igwe 2014-09-05 20:55
kkkk musadaro amana...
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reason
0 # reason 2014-09-05 08:29
Quoting clemz:
It crashes bcoz no proper service. Zim must through away pride n ask appology to UK

idiot, some people are grieving and you busy talking cheap politics, how many planes have crashed in the so called western world, zi[censored] remunhu.
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Hacha Ndizvo
0 # Hacha Ndizvo 2014-09-05 08:58
Chimbwa chakasungwa muhata. Are you blind to the fact that these deaths are a direct result of the inept leadership of Matibili. The fact that some other inept western countries let their planes fall out of the sky or disappear is no reason to replicate that ineptitude here - you silly twerp - mai vanoba zvavabika
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vie
0 # vie 2014-09-05 09:10
zororai murugare hama dzangu!
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T.Gee
0 # T.Gee 2014-09-05 09:35
R.I.P
vanhu kungotukana nepasingaite hamunyare makaita sei mtcheeeeew
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Victoria
0 # Victoria 2014-09-05 15:53
There are four jets flying around this afternoon, presumably to give us confidence that the Air Force can fly planes
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simon
0 # simon 2014-09-06 13:50
this is a clear indication that mankind has failed to rule it self, so the only solution to our tragedies and problems is to turn to god, the ultimate solution.
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