Pilots survive Zimbabwean K-8 crash


Both pilots aboard a Zimbabwean air force K-8 trainer jet survived a crash last week after the aircraft developed a technical fault.

The pilots ejected before the aircraft came down in an open area in Gweru on April 23, reports The Herald.

Zimbabwe National Army director-general responsible for policy, public relations and international affairs Brigadier-General John Mupande confirmed the incident, saying investigations were underway to determine the exact cause of the accident.
“The Commander Zimbabwe Defence Forces General Constantine Chiwenga commended the pilots for having taken all precautionary measures that saved the lives of people and further prevented damages to civilian property,” Brig-Gen Mupande said.

The Herald reports that the pilots were taken to Thornhill Air Base hospital for evaluation while the crash site was cordoned off.

Zimbabwe’s air force had around 11 K-8s in service before the crash, supplied by China.