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ETA Air Charter BN-2 Islander accident: 6 dead

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Date:
27-MAR-2017
Time:
08:15 CET
Type:
Britten-Norman BN-2A-3 Islander
Owner/operator:
ETA AIR Charter
Registration:
C9-AOV
C/n / msn:
624
Fatalities:
Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:
0
Airplane damage:
Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:
Mutare –    Zimbabwe
Phase:
Approach
Nature:
International Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:
FQBR
Destination airport:
FVMU
Narrative:
The aircraft was on the way from Beira to Mutare when it crashed into Machipanda Mountains.
Adelino Mesquita, brother of the Minister of Transport and Communications, is among the six victims killed in the crash of the Air Transport Company – ETA plane.
The aircraft, which was connecting Beira-Harare, crashed in Mutare, Zimbabwe.
Adelino Mesquita was the current managing director of Cornelder in Mozambique.
According to a communiqué from the Civil Aviation Institute of Mozambique, besides Adelino Mesquita, the passengers were staff all from Cornelder Mozambique.
Preliminary data point to the existence of a survivor, but didn’t make it due to lack of timely rescue.
Information from the Civil Aviation Institute of Mozambique indicates that the aircraft hit the Vumba mountain in Manica due to bad weather and subsequently crashed in the Mutare area.
ETA Air Charter Lda., based in Beira, had two air-planes. The plane that crashed was the best one.
It is estimated that the aircraft was flying at just above 1600 meters when it fell. And it was already making the descent to approach the airport of Mutare, where landing was scheduled to happen at 8h25m a.m.

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