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Light plane crashes, kills all

A SEVEN-SEATER fixed-wing South African-registered plane yesterday crashed in Mazabuka, killing all people on board.
Southern Province commissioner of police Mary Chikwanda said in an interview yesterday that the plane crashed around 13:00 hours at Ekushiya Farm belonging to commercial farmer Guy Robinson.
“We have only discovered one body at the scene of the accident. The body had no legs or hands and it was badly burnt.
“The plane has a South African flag but the registration number is not clear because I could only see the letters SH,” Ms Chikwanda said.
She said the plane was destined for Livingstone from Ndola en route to South Africa.
She said police suspect that the pilot was conducting an aerial mapping of the area before the plane crashed.
Ms Chikwanda said police are yet to establish the number of people on board the aircraft and their nationalities but she believes that they were all South Africans.
“We will have full details of the plane crash soon. Zambia Air Force officers went to the scene of the accident to carry out investigations and hopefully we will have all the nec-essary information,” Ms Chikwanda said.
Deputy Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications Panji Kaunda expressed shock at the crash.
Col Kaunda rushed to the crash site in the company of senior government officials.
And Mr Robinson said he saw the plane crashing on his farm.

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