A French military plane was forced to land at Masvingo airport after a suspected engine failure. According to sources, the plane was headed for Lusaka and was scheduled to stop for refueling in Harare.
The sources said one of the engines developed a fault and as a precautionary measure, the plane landed in Masvingo at around 5.pm on Saturday.
Contacted for comment, the Air Force of Zimbabwe declined to comment and referred all questions to the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ).
Attempts to get a comment from CAAZ were fruitless as the Public Relations Manager, Mrs Anna Hungwe referred all questions to the General Manager, Mr David Chawota.
Mr Chawota said he was on the highway and would comment later. The plane has since left Masvingo Airport after engineers attended to the fault.
Meanwhile, in the wake of the Paris massacre, French President Francois Hollande has vowed to destroy ISIS – whose militants had murdered 130 in a matter of hours on a Friday night.
The fighter jets lined up along the deck of the warship Charles de Gaullle – currently bearing down on Syria – are proof these were not just empty promises.
The aircraft carrier is taking up its position in the eastern Mediterranean, from where it will launch bombing raids on ISIS targets in Syria.
Hollande’s vow is now supported by the UN, after the Security Council unanimously agreed to take ‘all necessary measures’ to defeat ISIS in a resolution which states that the barbaric group ‘constitutes a global and unprecedented threat to international peace and security’.
The resolution, which was drafted by France, condemns the ‘horrifying terrorist attacks’ in Paris, as well as atrocities committed by ISIS in Tunisia, Turkey, Lebanon and the downing of a Russian passenger plane over Egypt.
Russia has already escalated its own action in Syria, in retaliation for the murder of 224 of the people onboard the airliner in October.
On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday it carried out more than 300 separate strikes on key targets – including its headquarters in Raqqa, factories producing munitions and oil fields.
– My Zimbabwe