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Crash of a Beechcraft B200 Super King Air in Matsieng: 1 killed

Date & Time: Mar 23, 2019 at 2020 LT
Operator:
Registration:
A2-MBM
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Gaborone - Matsieng
MSN:
BB-1489
YOM:
1994
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Earlier in the afternoon the pilot was an uninvited guest at a private function that was held at the Matsieng Flying Club facility at Matsieng Aerodrome. In a statement, the Matsieng Flying Club reported that it was rumored that the pilot was involved in a domestic dispute earlier in the afternoon. At 2015LT the aircraft approached Matsieng Aerodrome from the direction of Sir Seretse Khama Airport and made a number of low level fly passes from different directions past the Club facilities next to the Air Traffic Control tower. An immediate evacuation of the club premises was ordered. The final extreme low level run by the aircraft along runway 36 resulted in an impact with the Matsieng Flying Club facility at ground level. The Club facility and Matsieng ATC tower was destroyed on impact. The post impact fire destroyed 13 parked vehicles. The emergency services of the Kgatleng District Council were on the scene within minutes to attend to the post-impact fire and distress. These response actions are to be commended. It is believed that the pilot had no permission to fly the aircraft involved. Sole on board, he was killed. Pilot suicide suspected.

Crash of a Casa 212 Aviocar 300 in Thebephatshwa AFB: 3 killed

Date & Time: Feb 9, 2017
Type of aircraft:
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Thebephatshwa - Gaborone
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Crashed shortly after takeoff from Thebephatshwa AFB enroute to Gaborone, killing all three crew members. BDF operates two Casa 212 Aviocar registered OC1 and OC2.

Crash of an Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante in Francistown: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jun 29, 2013 at 0700 LT
Operator:
Registration:
ZS-NVB
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Johannesburg - Francistown - Lubumbashi
MSN:
110479
YOM:
1988
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Crew was performing a cargo flight from Johannesburg to Lubumbashi with an intermediate stop for refueling in Francistown. During the early morning approach, visibility was limited due to fog. Crew abort the approach and elected to land from the opposite direction. During the second attempt, aircraft crashed in a bushy area located some 4,6 km short of runway. Both occupants were killed. Cargo consisted of ion exchange resins for water purification.

Crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan in Xakanaka: 8 killed

Date & Time: Oct 14, 2011 at 1355 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
A2-AKD
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Xakanaka - Pom Pom
MSN:
208-0582
YOM:
1996
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
Few minutes after leaving Xakanaka airstrip on a taxi flight to Pom Pom Camp, in the Okavango Delta, aircraft went out of control, crashed and burned. The pilot and seven passengers were killed as four others were injured. The pilot was a Briton citizen as the seven passengers killed were four Swedish, on Briton and two French. They were taking part to a luxury safari in southwest Africa. Aircraft was totally destroyed by post impact fire.

Crash of a Rockwell Aero Commander 690 in Gaborone

Date & Time: Apr 6, 2009 at 1200 LT
Operator:
Registration:
A2-ATI
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kasane-Gaborone
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:

On landing at Gaborone-Seretse Khama airport, the aircraft crashed and flipped over. All occupants were injured while the aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Beechcraft King Air 90 in Mamuno

Date & Time: Jan 21, 2009 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
A2-AHV
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
LA-0212
YOM:
1981
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Region:
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:

On approach to Mamuno, the pilot decided to perform a go around. With undercarriage retracted, the twin engine aircraft continued its descent and hit the runway. It came to rest in a grassy area which ignited due to hot engines. The aircraft was destroyed by fire.

Crash of a Cessna 414 Chancellor near Pandamatenga

Date & Time: Mar 1, 2000 at 1620 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZS-MDT
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Gaborone - Maun
MSN:
414-0096
YOM:
1970
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
En route from Gaborone to Maun, an oil leak occurred on the left engine. The pilot shut down the left engine and feathered its propeller. Unable to maintain a safe altitude, he elected to make an emergency landing but eventually crash landed in a wooded area located about 128 km southwest of Pandamatenga. All five occupants were injured and the aircraft was destroyed. It was reported that the left engine oil pressure dropped while its temperature increased.

Crash of a Britten-Norman BN-2A-21 Defender in Kwando: 3 killed

Date & Time: Nov 23, 1999
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
OA-4
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Kwando - Gaborone
MSN:
772
YOM:
1979
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Crashed shortly after takeoff from Kwando Airport for unknown reasons. All three occupants were killed.

Crash of an ATR42-320 in Gaborone: 1 killed

Date & Time: Oct 11, 1999 at 0743 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
A2-ABB
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Gaborone - Gaborone
MSN:
101
YOM:
1988
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
In the early morning, an Air Botswana captain boarded a parked ATR42 and took off without permission. While circling over the Gaborone-Seretse Khama Airport, the pilot contacted ATC and wanted to talk to several people, among them the company's President who was not available at this time. Negotiation started between the pilot and local authorities but after two hours, he decided to crash the aircraft on the apron where two others ATR42 of the same operator were parked. The aircraft crashed at a speed of 200 knots and exploded on impact. The pilot was killed and all three aircraft were destroyed. The two other ATR42 were registered A2-ABC and A2-AJD. There were no casualties on the ground as the airport was evacuated.
Probable cause:
The pilot committed suicide after being grounded by the operator until February 2000 because of medical reasons.

Crash of a Britten-Norman BN-2A Defender in Botswana: 2 killed

Date & Time: Aug 9, 1979
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
OA-2
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
783
YOM:
1978
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew departed UK on a delivery flight to Botswana. While flying over the northeast part of the country, the twin engine airplane was shot down by the crew of an Alouette III helicopter from the Rhodesian Army and crashed. Both occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Shot down by an Alouette III helicopter from the Rhodesian Army.