In the USA city of Houston, Texas crashed helicopter with politicians from Zimbabwe on Board, killing five people, including a representative of the Zimbabwean opposition Roy Bennett and his wife Eileen.
Elizabeth Armijo confirmed Bennett's death Thursday, a day after a helicopter carrying him and five others went down in a mountainous rural area of northern New Mexico.
One person survived the accident, the BBC reported.
As notes the edition, Bennett was the Treasurer of the opposition party "Movement for democratic change" (Movement for Democratic Change) in Zimbabwe. He was elected to Parliament in 2000.
Also killed was pilot Jamie Coleman Dodd, 57, of Trinidad, Colorado.
British-born investor and world speed record holder Charles Burnett III's helicopter crashed in the New Mexico mountains yesterday, killing all but one of the passengers. MDC National Spokesperson, Kurauone Chihwayi said a selfless servant of the people, a courageous and dedicated cadre, Bennett leaves a deep void in the Zimbabwean community, moreover in the struggle to democratizing our beloved nation.
The group had been travelling to a ranch when the helicopter came down in a remote area of the state and burst into flames.
Police said they were alerted to the crash which happened in a remote area by Cobb who called them after dragging herself free
Officials launched a search but said the response was slow because of the rugged terrain and lack of access. We convey our heartfelt condolences to the Bennett family and the MDC-T. Bennett's wife, Heather, also died, Gutu said. He was known as "Pachedu, ' meaning 'one of us" in Shona and was often called the sharpest thorn in Mugabe's side.
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, and agency spokesman Eric Weiss an NTSB investigator was expected to arrive at the crash site late Thursday.
According to the reports, in Zimbabwe, Tendai Biti, a prominent opposition leader and a former finance minister, tweeted that the Bennett's "tragic passing" was "a blow to our struggle".
In 2013, Bennett was among the first opposition party members who called for veteran Morgan Tsvangirai to step down after he was trounced by retired President Robert Mugabe in 2013 elections.
David Coltart, a former Zimbabwean education minister, said he was devastated and at a loss for words.
Bennett, 60, was listed as a resident of Colorado and South Africa.
He spoke to ZimEye early Saturday morning of Bennett who died in a helicopter accident in the United States on Wednesday night. He also criticized his former party for allegedly enjoying the comforts of government while ordinary Zimbabweans suffered.