Masvingo aircraft technician dies in Goromonzi AFZ chopper crash

-Burial set for Saturday


MASVINGO-One of the victims of the Airforce of Zimbabwe training aeroplane which crashed in Goromonzi, Mashonaland East Province last week on Friday is from Masvingo.

The training chopper crashed into a house and killed two pilots and aircraft technician Flight Sergeant Tinodiwanashe Chikamhi (27) who is from Masvingo as well as a toddler who was sleeping inside the house.

Chikamhi’s father, Phineas Chikamhi told The Mirror that he was devastated when he learnt from his son, Komborerai Chikamhi that his first-born son had perished in the aircraft crash.

The late Flight Sergeant Tinodiwanashe Chikamhi

Komborerai is employed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe as an assistant air traffic controller in Harare.

“When I saw pictures of the burnt chopper circulating on social media, I quickly contacted Kombo to check on his brother but he told me that they had lost signal of the AFZ plane although he did not know whether Tino was in the plane. After sometime he called back and confirmed the sad news, I was shattered and left everything I was doing in Cape Town and headed here right away and I am not going back.

“I was devastated. The most harrowing part is that he could not be identified because he was burnt beyond recognition and the authorities are still doing DNA tests so that we can get the body for burial on Saturday,” said the grieving father.

Chikamhi who is from Chikamhi Village in Chief Nhema’s area was born at Ndanga Hospital and has four siblings. He went to Mukanga Primary in Bikita, Rose Camp Primary in Bulawayo and for his secondary education he went to Mzilikazi High and Victoria High.

In 2013 he joined the Airforce of Zimbabwe as a trainee aircraft technician and graduated in 2018 at Manyame Airbase where he worked until the time of his death.

“Tino had a passion for aeroplanes from a very young age and was very disciplined and active in church programmes. He was planning to get married next year and I am told he had introduced his girlfriend to his mother, unfortunately God had other plans,” said the father.

Mourners are gathered number 2858/23 Mutobwe Street in Mucheke Majange area near Burombo Primary and burial has been set for tomorror (Saturday) at Mangwandi.

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