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Last updated: 25 September 2020
Date:Tuesday 3 November 2009
Type:Silhouette image of generic MA60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Xian MA60
Operator:Air Zimbabwe
Registration: Z-WPJ
C/n / msn: 0301
First flight: 2005
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127J
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 34
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 38
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Harare Airport (HRE) (   Zimbabwe)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Harare Airport (HRE/FVHA), Zimbabwe
Destination airport:Bulawayo-Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport (BUQ/FVJN), Zimbabwe
The aircraft hit five warthogs during the take-off run. The left main gear collapsed and the aircraft veered off the runway. The nose, left engine and left wing were damaged.

Collision with person or animal on the ground
Runway mishap

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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 Harare Airport to Bulawayo-Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport as the crow flies is 347 km (217 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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