Air Force Of Zimbabwe Helicopter Crash Victims Buried

The three Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ) officers who perished when their helicopter crashed in Arcturus 9 days ago were all laid to rest on Saturday (yesterday).

The horror crash claimed the lives of two pilots, Flight Lieutenant Anita Mapiye, Wing Commander Thomas Tinashe Manyowa as well as aircraft technician Flight Sergeant Tinodiwanashe Chikamhi.

The accident also claimed the life of 18-month-old Jade Pfenyere, who was on the ground.

Flight Lieutenant Mapiye was buried at Glen Forest in Harare, while Wing Commander Manyowa and Flight Sergeant Chikamhi were buried in Chinhoyi and Masvingo respectively.

Flight Lieutenant Mapiye was the first female helicopter pilot in the Air Force of Zimbabwe and had become part of the VIP transport aircrew when she was killed in the accident.

The pilot is survived by her eight-month-old baby Munana.

Flight Lieutenant Mapiye was born on April 3, 1991, in Harare and was attested into the AFZ on September 27, 2012.

She earned her flying wings on July 1, 2017, after graduating at Number 6 Squadron, Josiah Tungamirai Air Force Base.

Wing Commander Manyowa was a highly proficient helicopter pilot with more than 20 years of flying experience.

More: The Sunday Mail

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