Zimbabwe: Jets collide in funeral flyover

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Posted: Aug 21, 2011 7:07 AM
Zimbabwe: Jets collide in funeral flyover

Zimbabwe's state media says two air force jets sideswiped each other during a state funeral flyover, dropping some metal wreckage but landing safely.

Three Chinese-built K8 jets flew in formation over the funeral of retired Gen. Solomon Mujuru on Saturday. Broken metal pieces from the two colliding jets fell near a sports stadium across the highway a few hundred meters (yards) from the cemetery where Zimbabwe's political leaders and more than 40,000 mourners were gathered, military spokesman Col. Overson Mugwisi told the state Sunday Mail newspaper. There were no reported injuries.

Witnesses told the newspaper that one of the jets rolled over in the air twice before the pilot regained control and veered off toward the nearby Harare air force base.