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Hawks investigate Samora Machel plane crash

The Hawks have launched a fresh probe into the 1986 crash that killed Samora Machel.

The Hawks have launched a fresh probe into the 1986 crash that killed Samora Machel.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has given the green light for a new investigation into the plane crash that killed Mozambican President Samora Machel, the Hawks confirmed on Wednesday.

The crash took place in October 1986 in the mountains of Mariepskop, where South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland converge.

Machel and 33 others were travelling from Zambia to Mozambique when the Soviet Tupolev plane went down.

Hawks spokesperson Paul Ramaloko said, "We started [the investigation] recently. We don't want to say if we have leads or anything else.

"We just want to say we have a team which is investigating the crash."

In 1987, Judge Cecil Margo exonerated South Africa of any involvement in the crash.

He said pilot error led to the incident.

Machel was Mozambique's founding president after the country gained independence from Portugal in 1975.