Air Zimbabwe plane crashes
The following are significant events involving the airline or its subsidiares. The numbered events are those involving at least one airline passenger death where the aircraft flight had a direct or indirect role, and where at least one of the dead passengers was not a stowaway, hijacker, or saboteur.
- 3 September 1978; Air Rhodesia Viscount; near Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe: The aircraft was on a scheduled flight from Kariba to Salisbury when it was hit by a missile fired by fighters from the Joshua Nkomo's Zimbabwe Peoples Revolution Army (ZIPRA). The aircraft had a forced landing about 19 miles (30 km) from the Kariba airport. All four crew members and 34 of the 52 passengers were killed. Ten others who survived the landing were later killed by those who shot down the airliner.
- 12 February 1979; Air Rhodesia Viscount; near Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe:
The aircraft was on a scheduled flight from Kariba to Salisbury and crashed after it was hit by two missiles.
All four crew members and 54 passengers were killed.
Note: These two events were not accidents, but rather deliberate actions that took place during a time of war. These events from 1978 are defined by AirSafe.com as significant events.
http://airsafe.com/events/airlines/zim.htm -- Revised: 16 January 2017