Fatal Events Since 1970 for
Air Rhodesia/Air Zimbabwe
The following events are those involving at least one passenger death where the aircraft flight had a direct or indirect role. Excluded would be events where the only passengers killed were stowaways, hijackers, or saboteurs.
- 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. The risks associated with these conditions no longer exist in Zimbabwe. For further information about these two events, visit Viscounts Disasters page.
http://airsafe.com/events/airlines/zim.htm -- Revised: 20 July 2014