Pilot flies plane into clubhouse in Botswana

Elias Hubbard
March 25, 2019

The pilot has been identified as Northern Cape resident Charl Viljoen, as authorities continue their investigations into the plane crash.

A pilot who had a domestic dispute with his wife allegedly tried to kill her by flying his plane into the Matsieng Flying Club facility at Matsieng Aerodrome in Botswana.

A witness claims that the man, who is a pilot, stole an aircraft before calling a friend who was at the baby shower and asking where his wife was.

According to Matsieng Flying Club, which issued a statement, the incident took place on Saturday evening. 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. There were 13 vehicles also destroyed by the blaze.

The crash occurred after the pilot made several low-level passes from different directions past the club facilities.

Mansfield said there was fortunately no serious injury to anyone in the vicinity of the accident scene.

"The emergency services of the Kgatleng District Council were on the scene within minutes to attend to the post-impact fire and distress".

The Matsieng Flying Club said in a statement on Sunday that the aircraft repeatedly flew past the clubhouse at a low altitude, which caused concern among the more than 50 people who were still at the event.

There was a truly shocking story to emerge from Botswana over the weekend, after a light aircraft slammed into an aerodrome just a few miles outside of the capital, Gaborone.

After being told to leave the venue, he allegedly flew the aircraft towards the clubhouse, while phoning somebody at the function on the ground.

"The relevant authorities are now completing investigations", said Matsieng Flying Club.

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