Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Two ZAF officers die in plane crash

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Two Zambia Air Force (ZAF) officers have died in a plane crash which happened in Livingstone today.

ZAF Director Public relations and foreign liaison Lieutenant Colonel Helen Chota has confirmed in a statement.

Lt. Col. Chota said the crash was recorded at 11:00 hours involving the SF-260 TW light trainer aircraft.

She said the two seater aircraft registration number AF-545 crashed approximately 38 kilometres North of Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport.

Lt. Col. Chota said the accident claimed the lives of ZAF Livingstone station commander, Colonel Lyson Siame aged 42 years and Second Lieutenant Kalasa Bwalya aged 27 years.

She said the bodies of the deceased have been deposited at Batoka Mortuary, Livingstone Central Hospital.

Lt. Col. Chota said ZAF has since convened a board of inquiry to establish the cause of the air crash.

“The Zambia Air Force Commander, Lieutenant General Colin Barry extends his heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased personnel and to the Zambia Air Force family as a whole.May the souls of the Colonel Lyson Siame and Second Lieutenant Kalasa Bwalya rest in peace,” she said.

14 COMMENTS

  1. This article lacks details …how can the crash from a miltary aircraft ..this is a trainer also used for aerobatics surely couldnt they eject from the aircraft it must have had a fault and seats dont work.

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  2. More strange deaths under this government..when I raised concern about deaths I was insulted by the f00Iish upnd diasporans. Meanwhile the f00I above cannot use his common sense to deduce information from a simple lusaka times article. He is as daft as a wet fish

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  3. Terrible for the Zambia Air Force. Only last week 2 officers perished in a road accident. A charity ought to be set up to provide for the children of service personnel who die before retirement or in combat.

  4. Old planes that previous governments did nothing to upgrade or fully refurbish to make them fully airworthy. Condolence to all ZAF air men and pilots. RIP our gallant national heroes.

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  5. Individuals seeking a negative social reward engage in trolling. But if they don’t receive that negative social reward, then their motivation to engage in this behaviour will likely diminish.
    So it appears that the classic internet adage really does hold true: don’t feed the trolls. Deny them the pleasure of an angry reaction, and they’ll probably leave you alone.

  6. ONYLY TWO SEATER ? WHAT WERE THEY DOING IN SOUTHERN PROVINCE? WHY THE PLANE CRASHED AT 11HRS WHY NOT 18HRS, WHY THE 27 YR IS NOT IN UNIFORM, WHY THE DEAD COME FROM THE SAME PROVINCE ? SOUTHERN, WHY NO FEMALE TRAINEE? WHO A FEMALE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, SO MANY QUESTIONS? MTSRIP

  7. Edgar China Lungu denied funding for new aircrafts for the air force, he rather bought new cars for his cronies. RIP for the airmen.

  8. This is very sad, may the cause of air crush be investigated and in future such should be avoided at all coast….RIP

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