Four people survived a helicopter crash on Monday in Tutume Village. This is a second aviation accident just week after a fatal aeroplane crash that killed three Botswana Defence Force (BDF) officers.
According to a press release from the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the accident happened around 1830hrs. “A Botswana registered helicopter A2-HJR, based in Kasane was involved in an accident. The aircraft had departed Kasane to night stop in Pandamatenga with three people on board, being the crew plus two passengers,” a state from the Ministry of Transport reads.
“Reports indicate that the incident took place as the helicopter was taking off from a playing ground in Tutume after picking up a third passenger.” The occupants were rushed to the hospital in Francistown but three have since been discharged, with only one still under medical care.
“The ministry has since instituted an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the occurrence.” The statement adds that air safety investigators from the Directorate of Accident investigation from the ministry have commenced investigations into the incident.
The country’s road infrastructure continues to deteriorate in the wake of recent flash floods.
The A1 road has been the hardest hit with damage to the tar and collapsed bridges. However, the Ministry of Transport and Communication this week announced that a culvert has collapsed along the A3 road at Nata Village hindering the flow of traffic.
The damage has mostly affected heavy-duty vehicle that are temporarily barred from passing through the damaged area. “The A3 is a major public highway network that runs from Ghanzi in the western part of the country and connects to 33 route from Nata Village to Kasane and Kazungula tourist centres,” a statement from the Ministry of Transport reads.
“The culvert collapsed this past Sunday on one side of the road at 10 km location before Nata village en route to Francistown. The Roads department technical team is on site to rectify the situation in the shortest possible time, ” the press statement reads. Only vehicles and mini buses that sit up to 25 seater are allowed to pass through the damaged roads while truck and other vehicles are not allowed until the problem is solved.