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Rhodesia Plane Crash #55937

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 05, 1978
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(Studio) White Rhodesians' loss of freedom to move in country without fear of black guerrillas reported; example is fate of passengers on Rhodesian airliner on Sunday night.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Johannesburg, South Africa) Reports that Rhodesian Airlines plane was shot down en route from resort of Lake Kariba to Salisbury noted; also mentioned are reports that some survivors were gunned down by guerrillas. Patriotic Front leader Joshua Nkomo's claim of group's responsibility for shooting down plane and denial that guerrillas shot survivors stated. Audio tape of interview played; photograph of Nkomo shown. [NKOMO - states reasons guerrillas shot down plane is that it ferried military equipment and personnel to Kariba and Victoria Falls.] [SURVIVOR - describes shooting of other survivors.] [2nd SURVIVOR - states reactions to scene.] Reports of secret meeting between Rhodesia's Ian Smith and Nkomo cited.
REPORTER: Howard Tuckner

(Studio) Effect of Nkomo's claim about plane crash on his relations with guerrilla leader Robert Mugabe and on white Rhodesians described.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter;
Tuckner, Howard

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