Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 25 April 2014
Status:Preliminary
Date:Sunday 3 September 1978
Time:ca 17:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 782D Viscount
Operator:Air Rhodesia
Registration: VP-WAS
C/n / msn: 297
First flight: 1958
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 52
Total:Fatalities: 38 / Occupants: 56
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Whamira Hills (   Zimbabwe) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kariba Airport (KAB/FVKB), Zimbabwe
Destination airport:Salisbury Airport (HRE/FVHA), Zimbabwe
Flightnumber: 825
Narrative:
Air Rhodesia Viscount "Hunyani" took off from Kariba Airport at 17:10. Shortly after departing Kariba, the starboard wing was hit by a SAM-7 missile. An emergency descent was carried out and the crew tried to make an emergency landing in a large clearing in the bush. The aircraft crash-landed, striking an irrigation ditch, cart-wheeled, broke up and caught fire. Fighters from Joshua Nkomo's Zimbabwe Peoples Revolution Army (ZIPRA), also responsible for shooting down the airliner, later killed 10 of the 18 survivors. The rest of the survivors were rescued the next day.

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Distance from Kariba Airport to Salisbury Airport as the crow flies is 281 km (176 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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Vickers Viscount

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