On this day: April 27

Thirty airplane passengers, including 25 Zambian footballers, lost their lives on this day, while a golfing star claimed her first victory.

1993 – Zambian tragedy – Plane crash kills national football team

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All 25 passengers and five crew members sadly lost their lives when a Zambian Air Force craft carrying most of the country’s national team to a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Senegal crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.

An investigation into the incident concluded that a fire had erupted on the plane and due to instrument error, the pilot had shut down the wrong engine.

The members of the national team that were killed in the crash were buried in what became known as “Heroes’ Acre,” a short distance away from the Independence Stadium in the capital of Lusaka.

They have been commemorated in a documentary film called ‘Eighteam’.

2014 – Lydia Ko wins first pro event

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Much was expected of the Korean-born New Zealand ever since she won the Women’s NSW Open on the ALPG Tour as a 14-year-old in 2012.

Fast forward two years and Ko had established herself on the LPGA Tour, winning her maiden title on US soil, by winning the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Incidentally, she celebrated her 17th birthday during the tournament.

In the two years that followed her maiden LPGA Tour victory, Ko has become a household name, winning the Evian Championship and ANA Inspiration as well becoming the world number one female golfer.

Sporting Birthdays

1899: Leo Diegel, American golfer
1943: Helmut Marko, auto racer and Red Bull Racing consultant
1952: George Gervin, American basketball player
1970: Mikiko Hagiwara, WNBA guard (Sacramento Monarchs)
1976: Walter Pandiani, Uruguayan footballer

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