Three people have died after an Air Force of Zimbabwe Agusta Bell 412 helicopter crashed into a house on 23 April.
In a statement, the Air Force said the helicopter from 8 Squadron at Manyame Air Force Base came down in the Hukuru Area in Acturus, claiming the lives of two pilots and a technician as well as a child on the ground while another young girl and the mother had burn injuries and were taken to Parirenyatwa Hospital.
The helicopter took off from Manyame Air Force Base with two pilots and one aircraft technician on board on a General Handling training sortie in the Seke-Domboshava Training Area. When contact could not be established with the aircraft the Base activated a Search and Rescue operation. As a result of the Search and Rescue effort, the aircraft wreckage was identified.
In his message after the accident, Commander Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ), Air Marshal Elson Moyo, said a dark cloud had engulfed the Air Force of Zimbabwe after news of the helicopter accident. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of lives after the unfortunate accident. Our hearts and prayers are with the families of the deceased and those injured after the accident,” he said.
The cause of the accident will be established after an aircraft accident investigation and funeral arrangements for the deceased will be announced in due course.