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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 22699
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Date:05-SEP-2008
Time:09:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic K8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Nanchang K-8 Karakorum
Owner/operator:Zimbabwe Air Force
Registration:
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Thornhill Air Base, Gweru -   Zimbabwe
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:FVTL (Thornhill)
Destination airport:FVTL (Thornhill)
Narrative:
Two Zimbabwe air force pilots on a training flight were killed after the Chinese-made jet they were flying crashed at Thornhill air base in the central city of Gweru, the air force's main military base in the country. The two were training for ceremonial flypasts and were apparently part of a group practicing for participation at an airshow in South Africa (AAD) later in the month.

Witnesses claim the jet suffered a power loss while flying over the base and lost altitude. The pilots steered it away from a school, after which it finally hit two high rise flats and then plunged into a house, which was empty, and burst into flames killing the two pilots instantly.

Sources:

1. Two pilots die in jet crash
2. ]Zimbabwe Air Force jet crashes, 2 pilots said killed
3. Airforce pilot steers stricken jet away from primary school


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Sep-2008 07:41 Topaz Added
08-Sep-2008 16:54 Topaz Updated

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