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Body parts strewn all over Zim chopper crash site

2014-01-13 18:46
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Cape Town - The body parts of a South African-based businessman who died in a helicopter crash in Zimbabwe, were strewn up to 50m from the crash site after he'd apparently tried to jump from the chopper, witnesses said in Harare on Monday.

Christian Malila Ndou, 55, the owner of a security company in Beitbridge, was alone in the American Robinson R44 chopper when it went down near Gwanda.

It is thought that the helicopter's rotor blades struck his body as he jumped and it took police several hours to locate and collect his missing body parts.

NewsDay reports that Malila was thrown out of his helicopter after it developed a mechanical fault and flipped mid-air before it crashed and burned.

Chronicle reports that Malila had time to throw his luggage out of the helicopter before jumping out.

Witnesses say that Malila's clothes were hanging from trees, and that his ID and bank cards were found in bushes close to the crash site.

Moments before the crash, the helicopter was seen circling above Gwanda. Witnesses say he might have been looking for a place to land.

NewsDay cited unconfirmed reports which said that Malila wanted to land at Gwanda High grounds to visit a relative, but discovered a mechanical fault with the helicopter and decided to fly to Beitbridge.

Poor visibility could also have been a factor, according to Chronicle. A witness said that they heard an unusual sound in the sky, but could hardly see the helicopter as it was misty.

- News24

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