Six people died when a private plane carrying Indian millionaire Harpal Randhawa and his 22-year-old son Amer crashed in southwest Zimbabwe. Police have not yet disclosed the names of the deceased, but Randhawa’s buddy, journalist and filmmaker Hopewell Chinono, has confirmed his passing.
Prior to crashing into Peter Farm in the Zvamahande region, the aircraft had a mechanical issue that may have caused an explosion in midair. According to sources, the disaster claimed the lives of every passenger and member of the crew.
Harpal Randhawa, who was he?
RioZim, a fully owned, diversified mining firm in Zimbabwe that produces gold and coal as well as refines nickel and copper, was owned by Harpal Randhawa.
When the sad tragedy happened on Friday, RioZim’s Cessna 206 aircraft was en route from Harare to the Murowa diamond mine. Near the Murowa Diamonds mine, which is partially owned by RioZim, a single-engine aircraft crashed.
Randhawa started GEM Holdings in July 1993, and according to his LinkedIn profile, he also held the position of chairman of the company. Private equity company GEM Holdings is currently valued at $4 billion.
On board the airplane as a passenger was trained pilot Amer Randhawa, who also died in the crash.
A private plane crash near a diamond mine in southwestern Zimbabwe claimed the lives of six passengers, including Indian millionaire Harpal Randhawa and his 22-year-old son Amer. Prior to crashing into Peter Farm in the Zvamahande region, the aircraft had a mechanical issue that may have caused an explosion in midair. The whole crew and passengers on board perished. When the fatal occurrence took place, Harpal Randhawa, the proprietor of RioZim, a fully-owned diversified mining firm in Zimbabwe, was traveling from Harare to the Murowa diamond mine. He also held the position of chairman of $4 billion private equity company GEM Holdings. A qualified pilot named Amer Randhawa, who was Harpal Randhawa’s son also died in the crash.