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Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 7 October 2015
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Monday 11 October 1999
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT43 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Operator:Air Botswana
Registration: A2-ABB
C/n / msn: 101
First flight: 1988
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW121
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Gaborone-Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE) (   Botswana)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:Gaborone-Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE/FBSK), Botswana
Destination airport:Gaborone-Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE/FBSK), Botswana
An Air Botswana captain boarded a parked ATR-42 aircraft in the early morning and took off. The captain reported to the controller that he wanted to speak to the president, Air Botswana's general manager, the station commander, central police station and his girlfriend, among others. Because the president was out of the country, arrangements were being made for him to speak to the vice president. Attempts were made to persuade him to land and discuss his concerns with the relevant authorities, but he finally stated he was going to crash into some planes on the apron. After flying for about 2 hours he did two loops and then screamed at 200 knots into Air Botswana's two other ATR-42s parked on the apron.
Airline sources say the pilot had been grounded on medical reasons, refused reinstatement and regrounded until February 2000.
Air Botswana operations were crippled, as the airline only had one plane left - a BAe-146 which was grounded with technical problems.


Loss of control

» ICAO Adrep
» Michel/Scramble
» Mmegi/The Reporter


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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