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ZAF Deputy Commander dies in plane crash

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A Zambia Air Force (ZAF) helicopter takes off from the site of a fatal ZAF plane crash on York Farm on Mumbwa road
A Zambia Air Force (ZAF) helicopter takes off from the site of a fatal ZAF plane crash on York Farm on Mumbwa road

Zambia Air Force Deputy Commander Major General Muliokela Muliokela along with Colonel Brian Mweene have died after their plane crashed in York Farm area in Lusaka West area during routine training.

Defence Minister Edgar Lungu confirmed the accident in an interview.

Mr Lungu said the trainer aircraft crash landed around 13:45 Monday afternoon in York farm area in Lusaka West.

He said investigations have been instituted to find out the cause of the accident.

“It is with heavy heart and a lot of regret that today between 12:30 and 13:30 a ZAF aircraft was involved in an accident killing both pilots on board. Investigations have been instituted into the matter to establish the cause of the accident and meanwhile we are in the process of trying to inform the next of kin to the two gentlemen,” Mr Lungu said.

Mr Lungu said the plane took off from its base around 12: 30 hours but after an hour, it was reported to have crashed.

He said investigations have been instituted into the matter to establish the cause of the accident and that the process of informing the next of kin to the two gentlemen is underway.

Mr Lungu said that the findings of the investigations would be submitted to the high command and authorities.

A Zambia Air Force helicopter and personnel at the site where a fatal air crash took place at York Farm on Mumbwa road
A Zambia Air Force helicopter and personnel at the site where a fatal air crash took place at York Farm on Mumbwa road

49 COMMENTS

    • Those Chinese planes will finish those ZAF pilots. Are these the “equipment” umwaiche Erick Chimese was yapping about with Sata?
      And why are they training anyway, or it to learn how to fly helicopters? The way Zambians are thinking with the PF government is saddening. Funerals non-stop!!

    • The whole thing is suspect!, Near york farm? i hope this was not a spying mission because thats what happened at HH`s farm!!

      and why do we have a lozi and a tonga only casualties,,,,,, why not other tribes also??,,, tribalism even in death,,, RIP!!!

    • The things some of you idiiots say, you would never say them in real life. But because you can hide your identities here, you can just bark like mad dogs!

    • If ZWD won’t be shut-down or hang them by the balls, then Zambia has no president or a Edgar Lungu.
      There is no way you can allow such ZWD pictures to even be online. Enough is enough, its time to arrest those hyenas.

    • This is very worrying. Our people who are supposed to protect us incase twausa vundu are dying while training. what happens when yagemuka….and tht plane which carried 6 shud carry 12. sikufa chabe elo vima Angolans nishi va paya

    • @LAZI

      I AM NOT SURE IF YOU HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED DEATH IN YOUR FAMILY BECAUSE IF YOU HAVE, YOU WOULD NEVER HAVE SUGGESTED WHAT YOU HAVE! PEOPLE AND FAMILIES ARE MOURNING AND YOU SUGGEST SUCH THINGS! I HOPE THE FAMILIES OF THESE DEPARTED MEN WILL NOT READ WHAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN HERE.

      TO THE FAMILIES OF THE DEPARTED GALLANT MEN, I CANNOT SAY THAT “I KNOW HOW YOU ARE FEELING” BECAUSE THE TRUTH IS, I DON’T! BUT ALLOW ME TO SAY THAT MY FAMILY IS WITH YOU IN PRAYERS AS YOU TRY TO GET TO TERMS WITH HORRIBLE LOSS OF TWO GALLANT MEN. I WILL RELAY THE SAME MESSAGE THROUGH COL. C. MUKOSA AT AIR FORCE DEFENCE HQ. MAY THEIR SOULS REST IN PEACE.

  1. sure gvnt can not even purchase parachuttes to safe guard our army when their is a fault to de plan,some of these lives were supose to be saved but due to lacky of parachuttes they end up dieing like that.how many plan crush do we hav now but now lesson learned or meassures taken to prevent de loss of life.wake up zambia.we all hav relative working as zaff,infantry

  2. The way the ZWD has reported this incident is shocking to say the least. It seems only in Zambia can one find such careless reporting where Journalists will stop at nothing but to endeavor to capture and expose in the open every Government undertaking be it, OP operations (Intelligence), Special Police operations, Military and/or something of a defense nature, regardless.

    If it’s HH you want to be President, surely is this the way to go about it? In civilised societies if such incidents happen, there are special departments within the Military, Police and/or Intelligence Units including fire Brigade etc., who would rush to such accident scenes in order to cover-up what the general public shouldn’t see nor witness.

  3. …Unfortunately it seems for Zambia, such incidents are political and open for everybody to see. Do you mean to say that once HH becomes President (God forbid), wouldn’t such incidents happen? Dog watchers, shame on you….

  4. ZAF should revisit its safety and maintenance plan for its air crafts, they know for sure that their planes are old and require a strict service schedule. losing a general and a colonel is sad indeed, these two people were the top brass of ZAF who should have been flying the safest plane in ZAF, Am beginning to wonder is it that the pilots at ZAF are incompetent or the training they under go is raw. looking at the number of crushes, helicopters, trainers and transport planes ZAF will have no planes left. SOME BODY IS NOT DOING HIS JOB RIGHTLY

  5. deepest condolences to the bereaved families; this is not the time for finger pointing, it is our fellow zambians that have died tragicaly and we should feel the pain for the families;

  6. Very sad indeed. May their souls rest in eternal peace! Those ZAF planes are risky hazards…some of them are too old and not fit for for purpose. The New Chinese jets are even riskier and more useless made of cheap stuff from China as usual! Just send them back – they are not safe otherwise we will lose staffs needlessly

  7. I have just checked the ZWD report and there is nothing sensational about their report. The only difference with the Lusaka Times story is that they stated that the pilot was training one of the offers on board and that there were two other people who died…they also showed pictures.

    • How about someone show photos of your body when you die in an accident? What effect do you think that has had on family, friends and colleagues? Learn to engage your brain before you support such rubbish.

    • Chekov, don’t just yap anyhow. Haven’t you ever seen a dead body before? Can you identify the body in the picture without a face? What is political about the ZWD story?

  8. Why is it that we never hear that pilots lost the aircrafts …don’t these aircrafts have eject function?

  9. My condolences goes to the families and indeed the system. We have lost some great officers. Air accidents do happen every where in the world. I was recently involved in one with a reliable airline that is based in Europe.

  10. Muliokela minange ni mulikana hao Mweene, mu pumule ka koozo ya mulena mung’a bupilo.

  11. Every time Sata is very sick and almost kicking the bucket, their is a major bus or plane crash and all of a sudden Chilufya ni Ukwa bwangu bwangu awakening. Ubuloshi Zondwe uleke sure.

    • Ngombala Muhapi wa Linaha your fellow men and good citizens of this country have passed away and you are barking like a rabied dog! Learn to be respectful during periods of mourning Bembas are not cousins to Lozis, actually we have mutual respect for each other. Wechinagwa wee!

  12. In 1945, during the 2nd world war- former president George Bush senior’s plane was shot down by the Japanese. He ejected from the plane and landed safely. This is almost 70 years ago. Its sad for these men’s families

  13. My Condolences, The people of Zambia,The Commander In Chief, The entire Command and the deceased Family for the loss the distinguished Men In Uniform.
    May God Almighty, the Son and The Holy Spirit protect and comfort you.

    BP

  14. The very pictures/video were shown on ZNBC News… The onlookers descriptions on ZNBC were more detailed than what you have seen on ZWD. A plane crashed and the community were first on the scene, I don’t see anything wrong with the reporting. To me, Mwape you watch too much UFO documentaries on TV.

  15. This is very worrying. Our people who are supposed to protect us incase twausa vundu are dying while training. what happens when yagemuka….and tht plane which carried 6 shud carry 12. sikufa chabe elo vima Angolans nishi va paya

  16. Its not surprising because ZAF have had deadly aircrashes for the last 30 years including the Gabon air crash.The equipment is outdated and badly maintaned.The problem clearly needs a political solution but State house is vacant and the rot will continue.MTSRIP.GOD BLESS ZAMBIA.

  17. imwe ba fikala!Each time we dont see pictures,we ask for pics.Nomba ba mi pela mwailishanya.To much ukubwatabwata,its news for ****s sake ala…….

  18. Wonder how ZAF keep having plane crashes every time and then when Zambia is not at war. Can they really defend our nation if attacked by enemies? or if Zambia goes to war? napapa saana.

  19. It is so dumb to expect an ejector seat in such a plane. I would want to believe such seats are only in fighter jets/planes. This kind of shallowness in Zambia is nauseating.

  20. Parachutes are very uncommon in small aircraft. When I was learning to fly – rarely did we fly above 5000 feet. Even if we had parachutes they would be useless at that altitude.

  21. MTSRIP…I’m equally dumb-founded what the Deputy Air Chief was doing in a light training aircraft such as this. These are the sort of planes that ZASTI was using many years ago. It was an erroneous and irresponsible decision to have a high ranking officer such as this one taking such as risk. Surely they have training officers. Am i being unfair here? This sort of think is unheard of, especially in peace-time because it is an unnecessary risk. How tragic for the families. Im scratching my head as to the wisdom of such a decision. Those poor families left behind! shame…

  22. Makishi is right. What was the entire General doing on a SAAB trainer? It was written in todays post that he was training for a commercial pilot’s license. I smell corruption here. Why not go to the civil institute. Was he trying to use free fuel and aircraft? Am sure he was planning for his retirement so that he goes commercial after elections or possible change of regime in 2016. Why also not ground these SAABs because they have killed enough of our officers. They seem to be too old. Am sure maintenance is also a bad culture at ZAF. Have heard very little or no plane crashes from other organisations which have or had planes(Fying Doctor Service, Roan Air, Zambia Airways, Zambezi, Pro flight, Aero Zambia, Zambian Airways etc) running planes in ZED apart from ZAF.

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