Thu, May 19, 2005
Went Down Shortly After Take-Off
Thirteen people -- 12 Zambian soldiers and a civilian -- were
lost Wednesday when their RC Y-12 went down shortly after taking
off from Lusaka. There was no immediate indication as to the cause
of the mishap.
"They took off quite okay," a military source told the Lusaka
Post. "In fact the Y 12 aircraft, which is a routine food re-supply
plane, started off... from Lusaka to Livingstone then connected to
Mongu. After Mongu it was to fly back to Lusaka. It took off but
then it just dropped right onto the runway killing all the thirteen
officers on board."
Details on the circumstances surrounding the crash were hard to
come by -- and Zambian military officers offered few specifics.
"A board of inquiry has been instituted to determine what caused
the accident and more information would be given after that," said
Zambian military Capt. Mutale Kasoma.
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