Minister confirms Helicopter crash lands at City Airport

Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba

Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba

A Zambia Air Force (ZAF) officer has died while his co-pilot sustained injuries after the ZAF helicopter crashed on landing Lusaka City Airport around 11:00 hours yesterday.

Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba confirmed the death of Major Misapa Mukupa who he said was pronounced dead on arrival at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) where he was rushed after the accident.

The co-pilot Captain Kenneth Chilala sustained minor injuries and was reported to be out of danger.

Mr Mwamba said the helicopter lost control causing it to crash-land and investigations into the cause of the accident have since been instituted.

He has on behalf of the Commander of the Armed forces, President Michael Sata, on his own behalf, the entire defence force and on behalf of the Zambian people conveyed deep condolences to the family of Major Mukupa.

Mr Mwamba said the accident happened around 11:14 hours yesterday when a ZAF Z9 helicopter crashed on landing at the Airport.

“Yes it’s true we experienced an accident this morning around 11:14 hours hours where a Zambia Air Force, Z9 helicopter crashed on landing at the City Airport.

“There were two crew members and one of them sustained serious injuries and was rushed to UTH where he was pronounced dead upon arrival”. Mr Mwamba said.

He said the entire country was sudden by the death of the officer adding that Major Mukupa’s next of kin has already been informed about the tragedy.

Mr Mwamba said that an investigation has already been launched to establish the cause of the accident.

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