In a terrible development, a plane crashed at Harare’s Charles Prince Airport during an air display exercise on Tuesday. The pilot died on the spot.
He has since been identified as Mark Sampson, a member of South Africa’s Marksmen Aerobatic Team, who confirmed his tragic death.
In a statement, the Cape Town team said,
It is with great sadness and a profound sense of loss that today, the MARKSMEN AEROBATIC TEAM can confirm that Mark Sampson, outstanding aviator, honoured team member, trusted number-4 and loyal friend, perished in a flying incident in Harare, Zimbabwe.
The MARKSMEN AEROBATIC TEAM were on the return leg of a roundabout trip from Cape Town to Nairobi, where the team had performed a successful aerobatic formation display at the Kenyan Défense Force (KDF) Museum Airshow, held in conjunction with the Aero Club of East Africa.
The MARKSMEN AEROBATIC TEAM is devastated and we are currently working with the Zimbabwean authorities.
A witness told online publication Zimlive.com:
“They were virtually at the end of their display when the tragic accident happened, killing the pilot.”
Below is part of the video footage that captured the horrible moment when the plane crashed at Charles Prince Airport
Watch the video below