A South African pilot was killed after he purposely crashed a plane he stole into a Botswana clubhouse attempting to his wife.
Charl Viljoen, a pilot from South Africa, was residing in Botswana. On March 23, 2019, the couple was at Matsieng Clubhouse for a shower for a baby. While there, he had an altercation with his wife and assaulted her. He was then forced out of the venue. After he left, he stole a plane and flew it into the facility.
Mark Mansfield, spokesperson for the Matsieng Flying Organization released a statement to the Citizen saying that the pilot that died was not invited to the function at the Matsieng Aerodrome. Allegedly, the pilot had a domestic altercation at an earlier time in the day.
At 12:15 EDT the plane went towards Matsieng Aerodrome coming from the area near Sir Seretse Khama Airport. The aircraft made several low fly-pasts coming from different areas, near the tower for Air Traffic Control by the club facilities.
The members of the Matsieng Flying Club felt that the plane’s pilot may have dark motives and evacuated the 50 guests from the facility.
The final low-level pass of the plane flew into the ground level of the Flying Club.
The Matsieng Flying Club and tower were destroyed. Thirteen vehicles were also destroyed by fire after the impact.
The pilot was killed, and there were no other injuries.
Kgatleng District Council’s emergency personnel arrived at the scene quickly. It is reported that the pilot did not have permission to fly the plane.
It was also reported that Viljoen called somebody at the facility to ensure his wife was still present at the baby shower.
Dipheko Motube, Botswana police spokesman said the pilot was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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