Four foreigners killed in Zimbabwe plane crash

Four Finnish citizens are believed to have been among five people who died in a Zimbabwe plane crash on Friday, their companies and Finland’s foreign ministry said.

The plane crashed near Masvingo, the ministry said.

“The Zimbabwean pilot of the Cessna 182 aircraft, who died in the crash, has been named as Barry Style,” Zimbabwe Mail, a local newspaper reported.

Finnish pulp and paper maker UPM said Heikki Vappula, 51, executive vice president of UPM Biorefining, appeared on the passenger list of the crashed private plane.

Lassila & Tikanoja CEO Pekka Ojanpaa was also among the victims, the environmental and support services firm said.

The ministry said it had received confirmation from Zimbabwean authorities regarding the four Finns involved.

Report from Reuters and Zimbabwe Mail