By Staff Reporter
A plane believed to be owned by Rio Zimbabwe, crashed in Mashava this morning killing six people.
According to state media reports, the plane was travelling from Harare to Zvishavane when it crashed.
It is also reported that it was going to transport diamonds but developed a technical fault before it plunged into Peter Farm in the Zvamahande area.
All passengers and crew died on the spot.
Unconfirmed reports state the plane might have exploded mid-air before hitting the ground.
Top journalist and filmmaker, Hopewell Chin’ono said some the deceased are Rio Zim owner Harpal Randhawa and his son.
“I am deeply saddened with the passing of Harpal Randhawa, the owner of Rio Zim who died today in a plane crash in Zvishavane.
“Five other people including his son who was also a pilot, but a passenger on this flight also died in the crash,” wrote Chin’ono on X.
Chin’ono said he first met Harpal in 2017 through a mutual friend and businessman, Kalaa Mpinga who owned Mwana Africa mines.
“Through him I met many people in the business, diplomatic, and political worlds.
“My thoughts are with his wife, family, friends and the Rio Zim community,” he added.
Rio Zim company secretary Gova said a full statement will be issued.
“I am not in a position to address the media right now. We will however be issuing a statement as soon as possible,” he said.