Air Force Donates To Family Of Child Killed In Helicopter Crash
The Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ) has donated household property and food to the family of the child who was killed when a helicopter crashed in Arcturus last month.
The Air Force’s Augusta Bell 412 helicopter crashed while on a general handling training sortie and killed everyone on board. Three people who were on board the helicopter died on the spot.
The three deceased were the helicopter’s pilots Wing Commander Thomas Tinashe Manyowa and Flight Lieutenant Anita Mapiye together with aircraft technician Flight Sergeant Tinodiwanashe Chikamhi.
The helicopter crash also claimed the life of 18-month-old Jade Fenyere who was sleeping with her twin sister Jada when the helicopter crashed into their house. Jada escaped with burns after their mother braved the fire to rescue her children. The mother also suffered burns in the fire.
The Fenyere family also lost a lot of their belongings in the fire which resulted from the helicopter crash.
The AFZ led by its commander Air Marshal Elson Moyo pledged to support the bereaved family. The AFZ donated foodstuffs, a lounge suite, blankets, a complete solar power unit, gas stove, pots, cutlery and some cash.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Air Marshal Moyo said,
The Airforce of Zimbabwe will always stand with the Fenyere family as well as all the families of our deceased officers and members. I wish to state that official assistance will be done once the board of inquiry on the accident is complete.
The Commander Airforce of Zimbabwe Charity Fund also called on well-wishers to support the organisation in supporting the family. The board chairperson of the fund, Toyendepi Muganyi said,
In Shona, we say Chara chimwe hachitswanyi inda meaning we can achieve bigger together. I, therefore, call upon well-wishers, the corporate world, individuals and the nation at large to come together and partner with the Commander Airforce of Zimbabwe charity fund in assisting the family to restore their lost and damaged property.
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