During the late evening of Tuesday 27 April 1993 the Zambian Air Force Buffalo DHC-5D carrying most of the Zambian national football team to a FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Senegal in Dakar, caught fire and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean about 500 metres offshore near Libreville, Gabon.
The plane had made a refuelling stop in Libreville en route to Dakar.
All 30 passengers died, among them most of the finest generation of footballers Zambia had ever produced.
Eventually 24 bodies were recovered, but only 13 could be identified.
A Gabonese official investigation into the accident concluded that the pilot had shut down the wrong engine after a fire.
The investigation found that pilot fatigue and an instrument error had contributed to the accident.
However the Zambian government is yet to release a full report of the air crash to the public or family members.
The Copper Bullets Chipolopolo honoured the fallen heroes when they won AFCON trophy earlier in the year in Gabon.