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Datum:Sonntag 3 September 1978
Zeit:ca 17:30
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 782D Viscount
Fluggesellschaft:Air Rhodesia
Kennzeichen: VP-WAS
Werknummer: 297
Baujahr: 1958-03-04 (20 years 6 months)
Triebwerk: 4 Rolls-Royce Dart 510
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 34 / Insassen: 52
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 38 / Insassen: 56
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Whamira Hills (   Zimbabwe)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Kariba Airport (KAB/FVKB), Zimbabwe
Flug nach:Salisbury Airport (HRE/FVHA), Zimbabwe
An Air Rhodesia Viscount, named "Hunyani", took off from Kariba Airport at 17:10. Shortly after departing Kariba, the starboard wing was hit by a 9K32 Strela-2 shoulder-fired, surface-to-air missile (also known as SA-7). An emergency descent was carried out and the crew tried to make an emergency landing in a large clearing in the bush. The aircraft crash-landed, striking an irrigation ditch, cart-wheeled, broke up and caught fire. Fighters from the Zimbabwe Peoples Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA), also responsible for shooting down the airliner, later killed 10 of the 18 survivors. The rest of the survivors were rescued the next day.


photo of Vickers-782D-Viscount-VP-WAS
accident date: 03-09-1978
type: Vickers 782D Viscount
registration: VP-WAS

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Kariba Airport to Salisbury Airport as the crow flies is 281 km (176 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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