Air Rhodesia Flight 827
An Air Rhodesia Vickers Viscount, similar to the aircraft involved in the incident
|Date||12 February 1979|
|Summary||Civilian airliner shoot-down during wartime|
|Site||Vuti African Purchase Area
|Aircraft type||Vickers Viscount|
Air Rhodesia Flight 827, the Umniati, was a scheduled flight 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. To date, it remains the deadliest aviation incident in Zimbabwe.
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. 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. None of the 59 passengers or crew survived.