UI Vickers 782D Viscount VP-WAS,
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Date:Sunday 3 September 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Vickers 782D Viscount
Owner/operator:Air Rhodesia
Registration: VP-WAS
MSN: 297
Year of manufacture:1958
Engine model:Rolls-Royce Dart 510
Fatalities:Fatalities: 38 / Occupants: 56
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Whamira Hills -   Zimbabwe
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Kariba Airport (KAB/FVKB)
Destination airport:Salisbury Airport (HRE/FVHA)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
An Air Rhodesia Viscount, named "Hunyani", took off from Kariba Airport at 17:10. Shortly after departing Kariba, the starboard wing was hit by a 9K32 Strela-2 shoulder-fired, surface-to-air missile (also known as SA-7). 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 the Zimbabwe Peoples Revolutionary 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.




photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Victoria Falls Airport (VFA); November 1977

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