Appropriate headquarters in Zimbabwe have been urged to unravel everything about the crash of a light aircraft carrying gold worth nearly a $1 million.
The Cessna 206 reportedly crashed on Monday afternoon in Southern Zimbabwe alongside two people who were on board after it developed engine problems.
The Eyewitness reported that the flight was on its way to Harare’s Charles Prince Airport from the main JM Nkomo airport in Bulawayo before it nose-dived in a field in the Southern Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe Civil Aviation Authority official, who confirmed the incident said: “The private jet which had two people crashed at around 14:00 in Kennilworth in Bubi district and the two people escaped with minor injuries. The plane was carrying 22kgs of gold.”
Renowed Zimbabwe press – The Chronicle – also reported that the plane carried 22 kilogrammes of gold worth $800,000 and that the two people only sustained minor injuries.
Danga, however, declined to make further comment about the identities of the two passengers as well as the destination of the plane.
Also, Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba could not be reached for comment on the incident.
Zimbabwe’s Mines minister Walter Chidhakwa could not be reached for comment.
Meanwhile, the latest fracas between Zimbabwe First Lady Grace Mugabe and her diamond ring dealer took another dimension earlier this week after she raised alarm that she was duped by the dealer.
She denied grabbing five properties belonging to the Lebanese tycoon whom she accused of duping her in the botched $1.3m diamond ring deal and described the Lebanese – Jamal Ahmed – as an “international fraudster wanted by international police.
In a new set of court papers filed by Grace, challenging an earlier High Court order, the First Lady claimed that she was being victimised by Ahmed.
It is understood that the $1.3m diamond ring was meant for Robert and Grace Mugabe’s 20th wedding anniversary held in August 2016.