A TWO-SEATER plane number 9 JYR V has crashed in Mwinilunga, killing the pilot identified as Charles Rea, 65.
Meanwhile, three people died on the spot while two others sustained injuries in an accident which happened in the early hours of today at Landless Corner on Great North Road.
According to Zambia Police public relations officer Esther Mwaata Katongo, Rea of Kawiku area in Mwinilunga district was Zambian by birth but of Irish origin.
She stated that the plane crash occurred today at about 08: 30 hours at Kawiku Airstrip in Mwinilunga district of North-Western Province.
“The plane is reported to have crashed after the pilot lost control whilst on the runway before taking off. [It] flew at a height of 50 metres and then crashed to the ground. The pilot died on the spot after sustaining head injuries. The body has been retrieved from the scene and taken to Kaleni Mission Hospital Mortuary,” stated Mwaata-Katongo in a press statement issued in Lusaka today.
Sources in Mwinilunga indicated that Rae was going to Kalumbila when his plane crashed.
The source said Rae had survived similar crash that claimed his father.
And Katongo stated that the accident on Great North Road happened due to excessive speed by a Mitsubishi Fuso driver, who went on to hit into a broken down Scania Truck.
She stated that two survivors with head injuries had been admitted in Liteta Hospital.
“Involved in the accident was Lukonde, other name and age not known, of Serenje, who was driving a Mitsubishi Fuso registration number ALF 538 from the Northern direction to Southern direction and Silwamba Shadrick aged 32 of Katozi compound in Nakonde, who had parked his Scania truck registration number AHB 490 facing the southern direction after it had a breakdown,” stated Katongo.
“The accident happened when the driver of the Mitsubishi Fuso, due to excessive speed, went to hit into the stationary Scania Truck. The driver of the Mitsubishi Fuso, together with his two female passengers namely Martha Kabwe of Matero, Lusaka and one unknown died on the spot after sustaining fatal injuries while another passenger identified as Josephine Bauleni of Kabwe in Central Province sustained head injuries and is admitted to Liteta Hospital. The driver of the Scania Truck also sustained injuries and is admitted to Liteta Hospital. The bodies of the deceased persons are in Chisamba Clinic mortuary.”