Monday, January 24, 2022

French tourists escape death in plane crash near Kasane

A French couple and their pilot from Delta Air in Maun narrowly escaped death on Friday when their small aircraft collided with a bird, causing damages that forced the pilot to crash land into flood plains. The aircraft, a Cessna 210 with registration A2AJJ, was transporting the French couple from Maun to Kasane when the accident happened.

Speaking to the Telegraph over the phone on Monday, Delta Air Operations Manager Kagiso Senwedi confirmed the incident and said aviation authorities were still carrying out investigations to find out what could have transpired. He said the French couple is currently being treated at Milpark hospital in South Africa.

“They are recuperating well and are now able to walk unassisted”, he told the Telegraph.

He said the pilot escaped unscathed and was at the office on Monday morning. Reached for comment, the station commander at the Maun Airport Police station said he had been on leave and will only report for duty on Tuesday. He referred us to a certain Mr Mokete who is said to be the airport manager and whose phone was off air. Delta Air provides flight services to tourists who fly from the Maun airport to tourist destinations in the Okavango delta and the Chobe area.

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