TWO Zambia Airforce (ZAF) pilots, Colonel Lyson Siame and Second Lieutenant Kalasa Bwalya have died in a plane crash that occurred about 38 kilometres North of Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport, Monday morning.
In a statement, Monday, ZAF Director Public Relations & Foreign Liaison Lt Col Helen Chota said the Airforce had convened a board of inquiry to establish the cause of the air crash.
“The Zambia Air Force recorded an air crash at 11:00 hours involving the SF-260 TW light trainer aircraft. The two seater aircraft registration number AF-545 crashed approximately 38 kilometres North of Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport. The accident claimed the lives of Zambia Air Force Livingstone Station Commander, Colonel Lyson Siame aged 42 years and Second Lieutenant Kalasa Bwalya aged 27 years. The bodies of the deceased have been deposited at Batoka Mortuary, Livingstone Central Hospital. The Zambia Air Force has convened a Board of Inquiry to establish the cause of the air crash,” read the statement.
“The Zambia Air Force Commander, Lieutenant General Colin Barry extends his heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased personnel and to the Zambia Air Force family as a whole. May the souls of Colonel Lyson Siame and Second Lieutenant Kalasa Bwalya rest in peace.”