Unlawful Interference Vickers 748D Viscount VP-YND, Monday 12 February 1979
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Date:Monday 12 February 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Vickers 748D Viscount
Owner/operator:Air Rhodesia
Registration: VP-YND
MSN: 101
Year of manufacture:1956
Fatalities:Fatalities: 59 / Occupants: 59
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Unlawful Interference
Location:near Kariba -   Zimbabwe
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Kariba Airport (KAB/FVKB)
Destination airport:Salisbury Airport (HRE/FVHA)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Shortly after departing Kariba, Air Rhodesia Viscount "Umniati" was hit in the jet pipe of the inner port engine by a 9K32 Strela-2 shoulder-fired, surface-to-air missile (also known as SA-7), burst into flames and crashed out of control into a ravine in the Vuti African Purchase Area. Responsible for the shoot down were soldiers from Joshua Nkomo's Zimbabwe Peoples Revolution Army (ZIPRA). They were also responsible for shooting down an Air Rhodesia Viscount September 3, 1978.



  • 9th worst accident in 1979
  • 6th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 5th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Johannesburg-Jan Smuts Airport (JNB/FAJS); October 1975

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