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Chronological Listing of Botswana Defence Force  Air Arm
Losses & Ejections
Formed 1977

 

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew seat photo
                 
9th May 1978
Botswana Defence Force
BN2A-21 Defender 2 B-N          
8th August 1979
Botswana Defence Force
 BN2A-21 Defender OA 2 Francistown Airport Forced landing      
19th November 1982
Botswana Defence Force
Scottish Aviation Bulldog  OD 3     Crew killed    
8th August 1988
Botswana Defence Force
BAe125-800 OK-1    Damaged    
29th April 1989
Botswana Defence Force
BAe Strikemaster Mk83 OJ 5
Z2
No.2 Squadron
crashed at an air display      
12th December 1989
Botswana Defence Force
BAe Strikemaster Mk.83 OJ 4
Z2
No.2 Squadron
Crashed near Gaberone
[CONFIRMATION needed of mid-air collision]
Major C. Lempaletse

2.Lt. B. G. Chalebgwa

CAN ANYONE CONFIRM WHICH AIRCRAFT WHICH PILOT WAS IN ???

  Martin-Baker
12th December 1989
Botswana Defence Force
BAe Strikemaster Mk.83 OJ 9
Z2
No.2 Squadron
Crashed near Gaberone
[CONFIRMATION needed of mid-air collision]
  Martin-Baker
27th May 1995
Botswana Defence Force
Aerospat AS350BA Ecureuil OF 5          
26th February 1997
Botswana Defence Force
Pilatus PC-7 OD 5
555

Z7
No.7 Squadron
Crashed near Kanye     Martin-Baker
?? March 1997
Botswana Defence Force
Northrop CF-5A OJ 2
Z27
No.27 Squadron
Damage while  landing at Gaborone, while practising for an air-show     Northrop
1st October 1997
Botswana Defence Force
Pilatus PC-7 OD 1
551

Z7
No.7 Squadron
  One killed   Martin-Baker
23rd November 1999
also seen as 20th

Botswana Defence Force
BN2A-21 Defender OA 4
Z12
No.12 Squadron
  Crashed shortly after take-off from Kwando airstrip, killing three occupants including the soldier brother of the then President.    
19th April 2006
10:00

Botswana Defence Force
AS 350 Squirrel helicopter   Francistown Air Base crashed, on flight  to Thebephatshwa Air Base, at Majwanaadipitse near Paje, central Botswana Two Army pilots killed    
Lieutenant ??
Killed
Lieutenant ??
Killed
 
14th July 2006
Botswana Defence Force
      Damaged      
?? November 2006   Pilatus PC-7           Martin-Baker
Thursday 20th October 2011

Botswana Defence Force
BDF
Pilatus PC-7 OD ?
55?

Z7
No.7 Squadron
Thebephatshwa Airbase
Routine training flight.
Mid-air collision in Letlhakeng
Caught fire and crashed into a two and half roomed house in the village.
  Conventional, non-ejection seat
Captain Mmusi Olefile
from Molepolole

bailed out
sustained burns
taken to  Bokamoso hospital
IP Captain Shepard Tamohla
of Maitengwe

bailed out
sustained burns
Succumbed to his injuries 10 days after the incident on October 30th
Conventional, non-ejection seat
Thursday 20th October 2011

Botswana Defence Force
BDF
Pilatus PC-7 OD ?
55?

Z7
No.7 Squadron
Thebephatshwa Airbase
Routine training flight.
Mid-air collision in Letlhakeng. Upon collision only one aircraft caught fire. One of the planes crash landed in Letlhakeng Primary School
  Conventional, non-ejection seat
Lt Michael Appie
 of Palapye
no injuries
DID HE CRASH LAND THE AIRCRAFT ?
bailed out, treated for shock and trauma
IP Captain Ompatile Ken Sianang
of Serowe

bailed out
died of injuries at Gaborone Bokamoso hospital
Conventional, non-ejection seat
 

"Aboard each aircraft were two pilots and three of them managed to safely parachute to the ground while the third pilot, Captain Ompatile Sianang sustained 2nd degree burns and later died at Bokamoso hospital."
This is now contradicted by further reports in the media. It now gives the other two crew as sustaining 22nd degree burns.
Further feedback suggests that Captain Sianang sustained injuries having experienced parachute problems following bail out. It is reported that his parachute caught on the tail of the other aircraft.

   

 

 

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