Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 2 September 2014
Status:Preliminary
Date:Monday 12 February 1979
Time:17:06
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 748D Viscount
Operator:Air Rhodesia
Registration: VP-YND
C/n / msn: 101
First flight: 1956
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 54 / Occupants: 54
Total:Fatalities: 59 / Occupants: 59
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Kariba (   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: 827
Narrative:
Shortly after departing Kariba, Air Rhodesia Viscount "Umniati" was hit in the jet pipe of the inner port engine by a SAM-7 missile, burst into flames and crashed out of control into a ravine in the Vuti African Purchase Area. Responsible for the shoot down were soldiers from Joshua Nkomo's Zimbabwe Peoples Revolution Army (ZIPRA). They were also responsible for shooting down an Air Rhodesia Viscount September 3, 1978.

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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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