Tragedy struck yesterday morning as a RioZim Zcam plane crashed in the Zvamahande area of Mashava, Masvingo province, claiming the lives of all six individuals on board. The small aircraft was en route from Harare to Murowa Diamonds when the incident occurred.
Initial investigations by sources at the mining company suggest that a mechanical failure may have been the cause of the crash. However, the police are conducting their own investigation to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the accident.
Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, the national police spokesperson, confirmed that two Zimbabweans and four foreign nationals were among the deceased. The plane, a white and red Zcam aircraft owned by the Murowa Diamond Company (RioZim), had departed from Harare at 6 am and crashed approximately 6 kilometers from Mashava between 7:30 am and 8 am.
While the names of the deceased have not been released by Nyathi, he assured that further information would be provided in due course.
This unfortunate incident marks the second plane crash involving a RioZim aircraft within the span of eight months. In a previous incident in February, a Piper 31 Navajo plane carrying diamonds to Harare had to make an emergency landing in a field near Beatrice, resulting in injuries to all five individuals on board.