Sunday, September 3rd
1978, at 17.05hrs local time,
Air Rhodesia Viscount VP-WAS rose smoothly
from Kariba airport on a scheduled flight to the capital, Salisbury.
good as flight RH 825 climbed at 160 knots to its cruising altitude of
15,000ft on a heading of 160 degrees. On board were 52 passengers
and 4 crew.
Little did they know that they had less
than 5 minutes to live...
48 minutes Dolby 2.1 Stereo
PAL and NTSC formats
DVD includes the Memorial Rolls of all those who lost their lives
in both the Viscount 'Hunyani' and 'Umniati' disasters .
Keith Nell, the author of the book 'Viscount Down' gives
an emotional account of the development of the book and the global
support he received to create the unique record of events surrounding
A group of
terrorists serving Joshua Nkomo's Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary Army
(ZIPRA) had positioned a SAM 7 missile in the remote and desolate
Urungwe Tribal Trust Area
directly in line with the flight path of the unsuspecting aircraft.
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Of the 56 people on
board 'Viscount Hunyani', 18 would miraculously survive the steep forced
landing and first stage of the unspeakable massacre yet to come. Only 8
people would finally live to tell the full story of unsurpassed,
incomprehensible slaughter that was soon to unfold at the scene of the
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A 'Deafening Silence'
was how Rev. John da Costa described the lack of response to the
Viscount 'Hunyani' disaster from
world political and religious leaders at the time.
DVD is the definitive documentary produced to accompany the book of the
same name and place finally on record personal accounts of the downing
of civilian aircraft and the horrendous massacre of survivors - many
badly wounded - who were huddled at the wreckage site.
gut-wrenching documentary is clearly of historical importance, but it's
more than that: it's a testament to the victims, those so cruelly
murdered, and a nod to the handful of survivors that you are not
forgotten." Read more
Chris Cocks - author of "Fireforce - One Man's War in
the Rhodesian Light Infantry"
"It is one of the most riveting documentaries I have seen. The main
feature is 45 minutes long with an additional interview with Keith
Nell who is writing the book by the same title. There is historic
footage along with modern interviews. Msasa Enterprises who made
this DVD are to be commended for their truly professional finished
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editor of Contact!
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Produced and Directed by: Harmon Cusack & Neil Thain
Narrated by: Patrick McLaughlan & Neil Thain
Recorded at: Final Sound Studios - UK
Cameraman: Jums da Silva
Edit Facilities: Msasa Enterprises -
Telecine Transfers: The Film Lab -
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