Finland nationals killed in Masvingo plane crash were on hunting expedition

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By Staff Reporter

TWO of the people who died in a light aircraft crash in Masvingo last week have been identified as top business executives in Finland.

Four people died on the spot when the privately-owned six-seat single-engine Cessna S206 plane crashed at Chamanjirenji Hills near the Tokwane-Ngundu area.

It was headed to Victoria Falls from Buffalo Range Aerodrome in Chiredzi.

Three of the victims were from the European country of Finland.

Media reports have identified them as Pekka Ojanpää, 52, chief executive of a company called Lassila & Tikanoja, Heikki Vappula, 51, the head of bio-refining at UPM and a Helsinki-based lawyer.

Commenting on the tragedy, UPM said; “We owe a debt of gratitude to Heikki, who was a visionary and inspiring executive, always hungry for results.

“His insights and energy will be greatly missed by colleagues as well as business partners around the world.”

The crash also claimed the lives of the Zimbabwean pilot Barry Styles who was also a partner at Buffalo Range Safaris.

According the reports from Helsinki, Finish nationals were in the country on a hunting safari.

The cause of the crash remains unknown.