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'Mhondoro Helicopter Crash Could Have Been Caused By Bad Weather'

'Mhondoro Helicopter Crash Could Have Been Caused By Bad Weather'

The helicopter pilot who flew comedienne Mai TT, real name Felistas Murata, to her wedding venue in Harare on Saturday and died in a crash the following day has been identified as Captain Peter Chirimuuta, aged 33.

The helicopter crashed in Mhondoro while Captain Chirimuuta was flying back to Harare from Kwekwe.

Captain Chirimuuta worked for Chikopokopo Helicopters. He was alone at the time of the incident.

Zivanai Chakwenya, one of the engineers of the helicopter who had worked together in Captain Chirimuuta’s other weekend flights, said the crash could have been caused by bad weather.

The client, which the helicopter had gone to pick up in Kwekwe on the ill-fated return flight, is said to have decided to come to Harare by road. Said Chakwenya:

I am yet to believe the death of my workmate and friend.

The crash could have been caused by bad weather considering that the helicopter crashed away from the intended route.

Flying from Kwekwe could not lead to a crash on the Mhondoro side but bad weather could have forced him to keep the safest route.

We spent the better part of Saturday together when he dropped Mai TT at her wedding held in Chisipite.

From there, we took another client to Macheke, where we had fun with our client.

His trip to Kwekwe is the only one I did not accompany him and, hey, I have been badly affected considering that he was still young and was expecting to join his family in Hwedza for the Easter Holidays.

A Chikopokopo Helicopters official, only identified as Lloyd, told H-Metro that investigations to establish the cause of the crash have commenced. He said:

We are yet to receive information on what exactly happened.

Captain Chirimuuta had gone to pick up our client but the client changed his mind and he returned alone.

The Civil Aviation team and the police have since begun investigating the cause of the crash and details will be released.

Mourners are gathered at Chirimuuta’s home in Glen View 7.

Captain Chirimuuta is survived by his wife and two children.

More: H-Metro


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7 Comments

hondo 1 month ago

Rip captain


Tkay 1 month ago

RIP Captain


mourner 1 month ago

umm RIP but kune vanhu vanonzvengeswa varume

kuhire chopper from Kwekwe to Hre

then the pilot comes to pick you up woti
had changed my mind m now using riad to b in Hare


Tinmike 1 month ago

helicopters are flying coffins, every year they're many helicopter crashes around the world, bad weather is also what caused Kobe's death in his chopper


King Adoe 🤴🏼 1 month ago

May his soul rest in peace


mama Bee 1 month ago

rest in peace captain


Kodzo 1 month ago

THE HELICOPTER WAS MADE IN ✅ CHINA


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