Botswana allays air safety fears

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Botswana’s transport minister has quelled fears about safety on aircraft flying in the country’s skies following a recent accident that claimed the life of a trainee pilot.

A female trainee pilot lost her life last week when an aircraft she was operating got involved in a fatal accident at Lentsweletau village, some 40km south of the capital, Gaborone in the southern part of Botswana.

“I would like to assure all that they are safe to travel within Botswana and should not hesitate to do so. Botswana skies are safe,” Minister of Transport and Communications Kitso Mokaila said in a telephone interview.

The Sling II aircraft, registered A2-USC, belongs to International Aviation Solutions – an Aviation Academy based in Gaborone was on a routine solo flight training at the General Flying Area when the accident occurred.

“Botswana has one of the best civil aviation safety records regionally. In the last 10 years, we have only had a few fatal accidents,” he added.

Mokaila reassured the public that the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana (CAAB) has been and shall continue to ensure full compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards and recommended practices.

In 2015, the CAAB carried out a Re-Certification of the training school in compliance with ICAO audit requirements. In this context the school was inspected and approved by an ICAO audit team.

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