By Emmanuel Nduka
A horrific plane crash in Zimbabwe has left an Indian billionaire businessman Harpal Randhawa and his 22-year-old son dead, along with six others.
The sad incident which occurred last Friday, saw a RioZim flight, en route from Harare to Murowa Diamonds, crash shortly after take-off.
The plane was on its way to transport diamonds when it encountered a technical problem around 8am and plunged into Peter Farm.
All passengers and crew members on board were killed instantly.
The crash site also revealed that the plane may have exploded mid-air before hitting the ground.
“I am deeply saddened with the passing of Harpal Randhawa,” the owner of Rio Zim who died today in a plane crash in Zvishavane.
Five other people including his son who was also a pilot, but a passenger on this flight also died in the crash.
Masvingo Fire Brigade officers attended the scene and assisted in removing the trapped and mutilated bodies from the wreckage.
The devastating news of Randhawa’s death was confirmed by his friends who spoke on condition of anonymity to The NewsHawks.
Randhawa, the founder of the US$4 billion private equity firm GEM Holdings, had a big stake in RioZim.