RioZim confirms plane crash in Zimbabwe, reports of six dead
Indian mine owner Harpal Randhawa and son believed to be among victims
A plane crash in Zimbabwe has claimed six lives, local media reported.
According to the reports, the light aircraft, owned by RioZim, crashed in the Zvamahande area of Mashava on Friday morning. It was apparently flying from Harare to the Murowa diamond mine in southwestern Zimbabwe.
The crash is suspected to have been caused by a mechanical fault.
The Herald quoted police as saying four of the victims were foreigners and the other two Zimbabweans.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police reports a plane crash which occurred on September 29 between 7.30am and 8am, where six people are confirmed dead,” police said.
“The Murowa Diamond Company (RioZim)-owned white and red Zcam aircraft had left Harare for the mine at 6am and crashed about 6km from Mashava.”
RioZim confirmed the crash and said it was working with relevant authorities to gather more information.
Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono said RioZim owner Harpal Randhawa and his son were among the dead.
“I am deeply saddened with the passing of Harpal Randhawa, the owner of RioZim who died today in a plane crash in Zvishavane. Five other people including his son, who was also a pilot but a passenger on this flight, also died in the crash,” wrote Chin’ono on X.
“My thoughts are with his wife, family, friends and the Rio Zim community.”
I am deeply saddened with the passing of Harpal Randhawa, the owner of Rio Zim who died today in a plane crash in Zvishavane.— Hopewell Chin’ono (@daddyhope) September 29, 2023
5 other people including his son who was also a pilot, but a passenger on this flight also died in the crash.
I first met Harpal in 2017 through a… pic.twitter.com/A0AGOaR3sw
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