ZAF Deputy Commander dies in plane crash

Zambia Air Force Deputy Commander Major General Muliokela Muliokela along with Colonel Brian Mweene have died after their plane crashed in York Farm area in Lusaka West area during routine training.

Defence Minister Edgar Lungu confirmed the accident in an interview.

Mr Lungu said the trainer aircraft crash landed around 13:45 Monday afternoon in York farm area in Lusaka West.

He said investigations have been instituted to find out the cause of the accident.

“It is with heavy heart and a lot of regret that today between 12:30 and 13:30 a ZAF aircraft was involved in an accident killing both pilots on board. Investigations have been instituted into the matter to establish the cause of the accident and meanwhile we are in the process of trying to inform the next of kin to the two gentlemen,” Mr Lungu said.

Mr Lungu said the plane took off from its base around 12: 30 hours but after an hour, it was reported to have crashed.

He said investigations have been instituted into the matter to establish the cause of the accident and that the process of informing the next of kin to the two gentlemen is underway.

Mr Lungu said that the findings of the investigations would be submitted to the high command and authorities.

Lusaka times