A Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) ecologist, Exeverino Chinoitezvi, who was reported missing from the wreckage of a crashed light aircraft has not yet been found, contrary to an earlier report.
Following the plane crash on Friday last week, ZimParks, deployed four light aircraft and helicopters, sniffer dogs and a party of 25 people the following day.
A South African national died in the accident while two other men – the Zimbabwean pilot and a South African wildlife expert – were critically injured and are admitted at a local hospital.
It is not yet clear what caused the light aircraft to come down but ZimParks has commended the pilot for his heroics in trying to save the plane. ZimParks spokesman Tinashe Farawo said:
We understand the pilot made a heroic effort to save the aircraft. The particular area they were flying over is mountainous, and we understand the pilot battled to land the aircraft as best as he could on a gentler escarpment, possibly saving three lives.
Reports indicate that Chinoitezvi walked away from the wreckage of the Cessna 182 aircraft which crashed in the Zambezi Valley’s Chewore wilderness to look for water to drink on Saturday.