Air Rhodesia Flight 827

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Air Rhodesia Flight 827

Umniati
Shootdown summary
Date 12 February 1979
Summary Civilian airliner shoot-down
Site Vuti African Purchase Area
16°25′S 29°26′E / 16.417°S 29.433°E / -16.417; 29.433Coordinates: 16°25′S 29°26′E / 16.417°S 29.433°E / -16.417; 29.433
Passengers 55
Crew 4
Fatalities 59 (all)
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Vickers Viscount
Operator Air Rhodesia
Registration VP-YND
Flight origin Salisbury
Last stopover Kariba
Destination Salisbury

Air Rhodesia Flight 827, the Umniati, was a scheduled flight RH827 between Kariba and Salisbury that was shot down on 12 February 1979 by Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) guerrillas using a Strela 2 missile soon after take-off. The circumstances were very similar to that of Air Rhodesia Flight 825 five months earlier.

Incident description[edit]

The flight's departure from Kariba had been delayed, so it had not climbed over the lake to get above the ceiling of shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles before heading for Salisbury.[1] The aircraft was damaged by a Strela 2 missile and came down in rough terrain in the Vuti African Purchase Area east of Lake Kariba.[2] None of the 59 passengers or crew survived.[3]

Air Rhodesia Flight 827 is located in Zimbabwe
Air Rhodesia Flight 827
Air Rhodesia Flight RH827 crash site in Zimbabwe

Countermeasures[edit]

Following the second incident, Air Rhodesia modified the exhaust pipes of their Viscount aircraft to reduce their infrared signature, and painted the aircraft with a low-radiation paint.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b P. J. H. Petter-Bowyer (2003). Winds of Destruction. Trafford Publishing. ISBN 1-4120-1204-X. 
  2. ^ Geoffrey Nyarota (2006). Against the Grain: Memoirs of a Zimbabwean Newsman. Zebra Books. Retrieved 2008-05-18. 
  3. ^ "Description of Air Rhodesia Flight RH827". Aviation-Safety.net. Retrieved 2008-02-08.