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Zimbabwe Air Force Helicopter crash kills four including child and female captain

Zimbabwe Air Force helicopter crash
Zimbabwe Air Force helicopter crash (Courtesy Photo)

An Air Force of Zimbabwe helicopter crashed on Friday, killing three crew members and a child on the ground as it came down on a house, the Air Force said in a statement.

The helicopter was on a training mission, with two pilots and a technician when it disappeared on the radar.

It came down on a house in Arcturus, a farming area some 30 km east of the capital Harare.

The AFZ said the cause of the accident would be investigated and that funeral arrangements would be made.

‘We are deeply saddened by the loss of lives,’ Air Marshal Elson Moyo said in the statement.

‘Our hearts and prayers are with the families of the deceased and those injured.’

Social media showed video of charred parts of the helicopter and security forces conducting an investigation.

Zimbabwe’s Air Force complains that its helicopters and fighter jets are old but they have not been able to buy new ones due to sanctions by Western countries.

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