The Air Force of Zimbabwe deployed a faulty helicopter to Chimanimani.
The helicopter failed to do anything on its first day after the weather finally cleared to permit an aerial assessment of the Cyclone Idai-hit Chimanimani and Rusitu valley. A source who spoke to Daily Nrews confirmed AFZ deployed a faulty helicopter. A private Bob Henson-owned helicopter working with Chimanimani Tourist Association (CTA) managed to do an aerial assessment. Said the source:
There was a plan to fly in formation with the AFZ … to Mutambara at their request then see if any doctors arrived to take them to where they are needed. Sadly, this didn’t happen because of a fault with their helicopter, so the private chopper flew off without patients deciding to go ahead with assessing roads. The AFZ later flew off to Chipinge, without any patients.
The private helicopter, however, also later managed to assess the Wengezi to Chimanimani road as well as getting medical personnel to Mashonjowa where they were needed.
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