RioZim owner, five others die after company plane crashes in Mashava
Six people have died after a RioZim Cessna 206 plane crashed in the Zvamahande area of Mashava on Friday morning.
It is reported that the small aircraft was travelling from Harare to Murowa Diamonds when the accident happened.
It is also suspected that the plane developed a mechanical fault before it crashed. Five passengers and the pilot died on the spot.
Names of the deceased are yet to be known but top journalist and filmmaker, Hopewell Chin’ono said some the deceased are Rio Zim owner Harpal Randhawa and his son.
“I am deeply saddened with the passing of Harpal Randhawa, the owner of Rio Zim who died today in a plane crash in Zvishavane.
“Five other people including his son who was also a pilot, but a passenger on this flight also died in the crash,” wrote Chin’ono on X.
Chin’ono said he first met Harpal in 2017 through a mutual friend and businessman, Kalaa Mpinga who owned Mwana Africa mines.
“Through him I met many people in the business, diplomatic, and political worlds.
“My thoughts are with his wife, family, friends and the Rio Zim community,” he added.
Rio Zim company secretary Gova said a full statement will be issued.
“I am not in a position to address the media right now. We will however be issuing a statement as soon as possible,” he said.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, told the media, during the time of writing, that he was still gathering information.
The Herald newspaper has posted a video showing police officers at the scene conducting some forensic audits.
Villagers also helped the law enforcement agents in picking up mangled pieces of human remains.
More details will be shared soon after the police release a detailed statement.