Zimbabwe plane accident was 'drill' -- aviation official

5th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Zimbabwe's aviation authority said the plane accident it reported Thursday at Harare's airport was actually a "planned drill" to test emergency responses, an aviation official told AFP.

"This was a planned drill, to test our national response system. An official statement will be issued by the CEO," the senior Civil Aviation Authority official said, asking not to be named until the statement was released.

Civil aviation CEO David Chawota had 90 minutes earlier told international media and the head of flag carrier Air Zimbabwe that a Boeing 767 had suffered an accident while landing on a flight from London.

© 2010 AFP

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