- A private jet that crashed in the Bubi district carried at least 22kg of gold
- Metallon Corporation Zimbabwe said the gold was being transported on behalf of a private security firm
- In the incident caused by a mechanical fault two people suffered minor injuries
A private plane reportedly crashed in southern Zimbabwe on Monday while transporting gold worth almost a million dollars.
The Central Air Traffic Services aircraft packed with about 22kg of gold valued at about $800.000 (about 3,92,000,000) crashed in Kennilwonwort, but where the gold that belongs to Bulawayo Mining Company was sourced from and where the aircraft was headed, is yet to be determined.
Despite the speculations surrounding the gold, the mine that is a subsidiary of Metallon Corporation Zimbabwe, said the plane which developed a mechanical fault soon after taking off from Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport, was transporting the gold “on behalf of a private security firm.”
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According to an official with the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe, the Cessna 206 Aircraft had two people onboard, that were able to escape with minor injuries.
According to information that emerged in the newspapers, the Air Force of Zimbabwe dispatched two aircrafts and one helicopter to rescue the crew that just suffered minor injuries. The identities of the two people are yet to be established.
Zimbabwe has vast gold deposits, although some critics have in the past claimed that the country's resources were being "illegally externalised".