Allegedly suicidal pilot crashes into Botswana clubhouse in attempt to kill wife and friends

ponder

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https://citizen.co.za/news/news-afr...lubhouse-in-attempt-to-kill-wife-and-friends/

Reports of an airplane crash in the Rasesa area of Gaborone in Botswana were received on Sunday morning, with details about it slowly coming in thereafter.

It is alleged that a privately owned airplane crashed after flying into the club house of the Matsieng Air Strip. Eleven vehicles were reportedly damaged in the crash.

Chris Briers of Matsieng Botswana has alleged that a Kalahari Air Services pilot committed suicide in this spectacular fashion, as he was at a party, and allegedly got drunk and into a fight with his wife. He was then asked to leave.

He allegedly then went to the capital, Gaborone, stole a King Air 200 aircraft and flew it into the clubhouse with the intention of killing everyone there, as well as himself.

According to Nari.co.za, paramedics and firefighters attended to the scene in the aftermath of the crash.
 

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The Matsieng Flying Club regrets to make the following announcement:
1. At approximately 18h20 GMT on 23 March 2019 a 2016 Beechcraft Kingair B200 aircraft A2-MBM was involved in an ground impact incident resulting in the death of the pilot and the destruction of infrastructure at Matsieng Aerodrome in Botswana.
2. Earlier in the afternoon the deceased pilot was an uninvited guest at a private function that was held at the Matsieng Flying Club facility at Matsieng Aerodrome. It is rumoured that the pilot was involved in a domestic dispute earlier in the afternoon.
3. At approximately 18h15 the aircraft approached Matsieng Aerodrome from the direction of Sir Seretse Khama Airport and made a number of low level fly pasts from different directions past the Club facilities next to the Air Traffic Control tower.
4. Matsieng Flying Club members sensed that the pilot might have had an ulterior motive at the time and ordered an immediate evacuation of the club premises by the approximately fifty attendees.
5. 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.
6. The Club facility and Matsieng ATC tower was destroyed on impact. The post impact fire destroyed 13 parked vehicles.
7. There was no serious injury to any person in the vicinity of the accident scene.
8. 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.
9. It is believed that the pilot had no permission to fly the aircraft involved.
10. The loss of life and damage is regretted.
11. The relevant authorities are currently completing investigations.
 

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