Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 30 August 2016
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.
|Date:||Sunday 3 September 1978|
Vickers 782D Viscount
|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)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Kariba Airport (KAB/FVKB), Zimbabwe|
|Destination airport:||Salisbury Airport (HRE/FVHA), Zimbabwe|
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
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.