Former President Rupiah Banda says he is also saddened by the death of the Deputy Airforce Commander.
In a letter to the Zambia Airforce Commander and made available to ZNBC News, Mr. Banda said the death of Major General Chintu was a big loss to the country.
He said he had known General Chintu, when he served as Vice President and President to have been a fine officer, an excellent pilot and a good human being to many in the country.
Mr. Banda appealed to Zambians to emulate Major General Chintu.
He has since conveyed deepest sympathies to the family and the ZAF Command.