Friday, September 24, 2021

BDF pilot who died in plane collision buried

A Botswana Defense Force pilot who died a week ago after two training PC 7 aircraft collided in mid air during training was buried at his home village yesterday.

Multitudes of mourners attended the burial of Captain Ompatile Ken Sianang, 33, of Serowe.

The deceased, who trained with the United States army in the air wing, was said to be among the best pilot instructors in the BDF and has also trained some of Botswana’s police air wing pilots since its establishment.

“Three other pilots who were involved in the plane crash a week ago in Letlhakeng in the Kweneng district are recovering very well at Bokamoso Hospital where they are receiving medical attention,” said BDF spokesperson, Colonel Paul Sharp.

He explained that among them is one who was reported to be in a very critical condition but is now stable and doing very well while another pilot has already been discharged from hospital.

Sharp said that there are two pilots who are still hospitalized, adding that the BDF will conduct a full investigation to establish what lead to the collision.

He pointed out that there were no plans to bring in outsiders to investigate since the BDF can do it themselves.

Sharp further said that although such investigations take time, he hoped that sometime next year the investigation will have been completed and the public will then know what exactly led to the accident.

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