Zimbabwean politician Bennett and four others die in New Mexico helicopter crash
Friday, January 19, 2018
Zimbabwean opposition leader, died on Wednesday evening in a helicopter crash that also killed four other people in the northeastern part of New Mexico, United States. Bennett was 60 years old. His death was confirmed Thursday by some of his friends and family members., a key
The helicopter, a, went down after darkness had fallen. The fatal accident happened in a remote and mountainous area about fifteen (about 24 ) east of the small town of . The has confirmed, four others were killed in the accident: Bennett's wife Heather, pilot Jamie Coleman Dodd, co-pilot Paul Cobb, as well as the wealthy businessman Charles Burnett III. According to friends, Bennett and his wife were on their way to the Emery Gap Ranch, a ranch in New Mexico which Burnett purchased last year, in order to spend their holiday over there. In total, six people were aboard. Only the co-pilot's daughter managed to escape in time from the burning helicopter.
Bennett was a prominent member of the(MDC-T) party. He was very critical of former President 's reign. Bennett fled Zimbabwe for some time but returned to it in 2009, after which he was arrested on the accusation of illegal weapon possession. He was eventually acquitted from this.
Several Zimbabwean opposition leaders have expressed their grief about Bennett's death. Obert Gutu, a spokesman for MDC-T, spoke of a "huge and tragic loss". Former Minister of Finance
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