Botswana: Aviation authorities in Botswana investigate crash

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s transport and communications ministry has launched an investigation into last week’s aircraft crash inn which a trainee pilot died.

Oteng Mokowe, the ministry's spokesperson, on Wednesday said the crash remains under investigation through the country’s Civil Aviation Authority Board (CAAB) to ensure compliance to domestic and international aviation standards.

“This exercise is being conducted in full conformity with its domestic mandate under the Civil Aviation Act No. 11 of 2011 and Botswana’s international obligations as a contracting state to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which in each case mandate procedures for the investigation and report back of any and all Serious Incidents and Accidents,” Mokowe said.

Mokowe said once the Directorate of Accident Investigation completes its work the findings of the investigation will be made known to the public.

The fatal air crash of a Sling II aircraft belonging to International Aviation Solutions (IAS) Aviation Academy has raised public concern and speculation about aviation safety standards.

The aircraft was on routine training and lady trainee pilot lost her life in the accident. It is the second plane crash this year.

Botswana’s IAS Academy is one of only 14 aviation training organizations in Africa accredited to ICAO TRAINAIR and the only such flight training institution in the SADC region.

Since 2014 the IAS Academy has graduated 34 commercial and 37 private pilots.
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