Zimbabwean Politician Killed With His Wife In A Helicopter Crash


Prominent Zimbabwean politician Roy Bennett has been killed with his wife in a helicopter crash in North America.

The couple died along with three others when the aircraft crashed on Wednesday in a mountainous area in the US state of New Mexico. One person survived.

Mr Bennett, 60, was a former white farmer who became a stalwart of the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

His MDC party colleagues have been expressing their shock on social media.

After the deaths of Mr Bennett and his wife Heather were confirmed on Thursday, prominent Zimbabwean opposition politician David Coltart tweeted his sympathy to the couple’s loved ones.

The private helicopter crashed in north-eastern New Mexico at about 18:00 local time on Wednesday (01:00 GMT Thursday) but the deaths were confirmed by authorities on Thursday.

It is not yet clear what caused the accident.