Names of AFZ aircraft crash victims released

HARARE - Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ) officials have released the names of the officers killed in Thursday’s SF260 aircraft crash at Charles Prince Airport in Mt Hampden.

The pilot was squadron leader Taurayi Jombo 36, who had served for 15 years, of Manyame.

The passenger was air lieutenant Evidence Edzai Begede, 28, of Gweru.

The two were AFZ fighter pilots deployed at 6 Squadron based at Thornhill Airbase in Gweru.

The AFZ helicopter was undergoing rehearsals for the Big African Air Show scheduled for tomorrow.

Around noontime, it crashed into a green area next to the airport and burst into flames. Officials say it appears the aircraft got tangled in wires, while the crew was rehearsing.

There were no casualties on the ground.

AFZ released a statement saying they are deeply saddened by this tragic accident and that their thoughts and prayers were with the families, friends and co-workers of the two men who were killed in Thursday’s crash.

Jombo is survived by wife Ennie Rumbidzai and two children while Begede is survived by wife Laura and one child.

AFZ spokesperson squadron leader Simon Matingwina told ZTV  the planned air show, which attracts participants from beyond Zimbabwe’s borders, is proceeding as planned. 

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