Police are investigating a plane crash in the Featherstone area in Chivhu last night. National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the impact and said two people were injured and were rushed to Beatrice Hospital, where they were stabilised.
“Two people on the plane survived the crash and were taken to Beatrice Hospital. They were transferred to another health facility for further treatment,” he said.
According to the Herald, the light plane is owned by Murowo (Private) Limited. The plane was forced to land near Beatrice after an alleged engine fault on Monday afternoon. However, the light aircraft was transporting diamonds guarded by armed police and private securities, it has emerged.
The Piper 31 Navajo aircraft had a forced landing 17km from Beatrice around 14:30. Reports have it that five people were on board. In its latest investigations, the police have revealed that no one was injured. In the backdrop of the incident, all passengers on board have since been indentified. Preliminary indications seem to be suggesting that ith plane had an engine fault.
Police report on Murowa Diamonds plane crash
The police made it known that the diamonds being transported from Murowas mine in Zvishavane have since been secured at the company’s offices in Harare. Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi has it that the police are working with the Civil Aviation Authority in its investigations. Murowas parental company RioZim has since released a press statement regarding the incident.
However, this is the second crush this February alone. A few weeks ago, an Airforce Of Zimbabwe plane crushed and killed two. The trainer aircraft crushed in the Mlezu College near Gweru, killing two pilots onboard.
It was reported that the aircraft was on a training routine. Unfourtunately he hit a powerline and crashed. It is the second such incident involving the SF 260 after another accident in November 2020 killed trainee pilot Silungile Sweswe and instructor Mkhululi Dellen Dube.