Thursday, July 18, 2024

U.S demands answers after two Americans die in plane crash

The United States is demanding answers from Botswana authorities following a fatal aircraft accident that claimed the lives of two of its citizens who had visited Botswana as tourists last month, Sunday Standard can reveal. The Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana (CAAB) confirmed in an interview with Sunday Standard, the latest development.  Head of Public Relations & Communications at CAAB Modipe Nkwe said: “Indeed, the American Embassy enquired, and were redirected to Directorate of Accident Investigations (DAI) under the Ministry of Transport and Public Works, as the authority entrusted with investigations of incident/accidents involving civil aircraft.”

Asked what could have necessitated the US through its embassy in Gaborone to enquire about the accident, Nkwe said: “Possibly because the deceased 2 passengers were American citizens.” In a statement, the Ministry of Transport and Public Works spokesperson Doreen Motshegwa on June 30 this year revealed that an Airvan GA8 aircraft, belonging to Major Blue Air which was involved in a fatal accident as it was taking off from Oakdele strip in the outskirts of Gantsi. Asked if CAAB had revoked Major Blue Aviation School’s operating licenses, Nkwe answered in the negative.

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