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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 32529
Last updated: 6 December 2019
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Date:23-NOV-1977
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31 Navajo
Owner/operator:Textáfrica
Registration: C9-ANS
C/n / msn: 31-143
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Chimoio Airport -   Mozambique
Phase: Approach
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Chimoio Airport (VPY/FQCH)
Narrative:
Shot down by FPLM anti-aircraft gunners on approach to land at Chimoio Airport. All eight occupants (pilot, co pilot, and six passengers) were killed: three were Swiss nationals and the other five on board were Portuguese. According to a British Diplomatic telegram which reported on the incident:

"[the aircraft] "was shot down by Mozambique Forces, who had orders to shoot at everything flying in the area, although" [this aircraft] "had a properly cleared flight plan". The Diplomatic telegram attributed the incident to the fact that "there was a failure to co-ordinate between the military and civilian authorities"

Sources:

1. World Airliner Crashes/Terry Denham
2. http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/showthread.php?2090-Rhodesian-COIN-(consolidated-thread-inc-original-RLI)&s=fcd16a692643c7f6cc856c8666578ffc&p=132724#post132724
Voando em Moçambique


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
22-Aug-2010 05:46 TB Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Source, Damage, Narrative]
17-Dec-2011 11:32 Anon. Updated [Registration]
09-May-2015 20:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Sep-2017 19:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
05-Oct-2018 08:23 TB Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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