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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 32529
Last updated: 24 January 2022
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31 Navajo
Registration: C9-ANS
MSN: 31-143
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Chimoio Airport -   Mozambique
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Chimoio Airport (VPY/FQCH)
Shot down by FPLM anti-aircraft gunners on approach to land at Chimoio Airport. All eight occupants (pilot, co pilot, and six passengers) were killed: three were Swiss nationals and the other five on board were Portuguese. According to a British Diplomatic telegram which reported on the incident:

"[the aircraft] "was shot down by Mozambique Forces, who had orders to shoot at everything flying in the area, although" [this aircraft] "had a properly cleared flight plan". The Diplomatic telegram attributed the incident to the fact that "there was a failure to co-ordinate between the military and civilian authorities"


1. World Airliner Crashes/Terry Denham
Voando em Moçambique

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
22-Aug-2010 05:46 TB Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Source, Damage, Narrative]
17-Dec-2011 11:32 Anon. Updated [Registration]
09-May-2015 20:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Sep-2017 19:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
05-Oct-2018 08:23 TB Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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