Tue, 01 Dec 2020

HARARE, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- A South African national was found dead and two others critically injured in a crashed plane belonging to the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZIMPARKS) in Zambezi Valley on Sunday, the Herald newspaper reported Tuesday.

A fourth person who was on the four-seat Cessna 182 light aircraft is still missing and a 25-man search team has been combing the Chewore Safari Area, Zambezi Valley, in northern Zimbabwe to find him.

The plane went missing in the area last Friday afternoon.

The deceased is a South African researcher who was conducting a game survey with a compatriot and two Zimbabweans, including the pilot, the newspaper said.

Rescuers found the pilot and the other South African researcher badly injured, about 48 hours after the plane disappeared from the radar.

Zimbabwean and Zambian authorities are jointly carrying out the search for the missing passenger.

ZIMPARKS spokesperson Tinashe Farawo confirmed the plane crash, and said the injured had been taken to Kariba Hospital.

"It is not yet clear what caused the crash and investigations are still in progress. We have engaged authorities in Zambia to help in the search for the fourth person who remains missing," said Farawo.

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