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1986 Mozambican Tupolev Tu-134 crash

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Today Marks 34 years since Samora Machel Died|Rest in Peace African Hero

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Wreckage of Tupolev Tu-134 that crashed near Tula

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An investigation into the plane crash that killed Samora Machel is still inconclusive

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On 19 October 1986, a Mozambican government Tupolev Tu-134 jetliner carrying president Samora Machel and 43 others from Mbala, Zambia to the Mozambican capital Maputo crashed at Mbuzini, South Africa. Nine passengers and one crew member survived the crash, but President Machel and 33 others died, including ministers and officials of the Mozambican government.
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