Tanzania army chief son dies in plane crash

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The late Nelson Mabeyo

Tanzania Aviation says an Auricair plane crashed in Seronera (SEU) from Serengeti National Park Tanzania Monday morning.

It is reported that there were only two pilots on board with no passengers.

“Both pilots are reported to have lost their lives (may their souls rest in peace),” Aviation said in a social media statement.

The aircraft was Reg: 5H-AAM manufactured by Textron Aviation Inc; type CESSNA-208B with Serial Number: C208B-5465.

The crash scene

Tanzania National Parks commissioner Pascal Shelutete told The Citizen newspaper that the ill-fated light aircraft was flying to Arusha to pick tourists.

It crashed minutes after take-off.

“We shall update you on what is going on later, whatever we are doing now is to see how to preserve the remains of the dead,” said Shelutete.

The army plane that flew the body

After much confusion, the pilot was confirmed to be the son of Tanzania People’s Defence Forces [TPDF] Chief of Defence Gen Venance Mabeyo.

The body of Nelson Mabeyo was flown to Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania.

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