FIVE people — three Finnish and two Zimbabweans — died on the spot, while their bodies were mangled beyond recognition when a private plane crashed in Masvingo yesterday morning.
The plane, which was en-route to Victoria Falls from Buffalo Range Aerodrome in Chiredzi, crashed at Chamanjirenji Hills near the Tokwane-Ngundu area close to Renco Mine.
By yesterday afternoon, police had secured the wreckage, while awaiting a Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) team to determine the cause of the crash.
CAAZ public relations and communications manager Mrs Anna Julia Hungwe confirmed the plane crash yesterday, but could not she more light.
“I can only confirm that a plane crashed near Renco Mine in Masvingo at about 7:30am. Our inspectors have gone to do investigations at the crash scene and they’re yet to come back to me with details of what transpired.”
Masvingo Civil Protection Unit (CPU) chairman, who is also the district administrator for Masvingo Rural, Mr Roy Hove, said five identity cards and passports, one from Finland, were found in the wreckage.
“I can confirm that five people have died in a plane crash which occurred at Chamanjirenji Hills, Tokwane-Ngundu near Renco Mine in Chief Nyajena’s area in Masvingo rural. Read more