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Crash of a Britten Norman BN-2A Islander near Mutare: 6 killed

Accident description

  • Mar 27, 2017 at 0815 LT
  • C9-AOV
  • Landing (descent or approach)
  • Charter (Non Scheduled Revenue Flight)
  • No
  • Mountains
  • Beira - Mutare - Harare
  • 624
  • 1970
  • Mutare, Manicaland
  • Zimbabwe
  • Africa
  • 2
  • 2
  • 4
  • 4
  • 0
  • 6
  • The twin engine aircraft was performing a flight from Beira to Harare with an intermediate stop in Mutare on behalf of the Mozambican company Cornelder. Ten minutes before its ETA in Mutare Airport, while descending to the altitude of 5,200 feet, the crew encountered marginal weather conditions when the aircraft hit obstacles and crashed on the slope of a mountain located in the Vumba Botanical Reserve. It appears that a passenger survived but later died from his injuries. Among the passengers were Adelino Mesquita, brother of the Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Mozambique.