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President Masisi survives helicopter crash - ITREALMS

The President of Botswana, Mr. Mokgweetsi Masisi, on Saturday survived a helicopter crash at Francistown airport, reports ITREALMS.

Confirming this to ITREALMS in a press statement, the office of the President and the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) informed that a BDF presidential helicopter carrying His Excellency the President was forced to make an immediate precautionary landing.

This, they said, took place while helicopter was taxiing at Francistown airport upon arrival from Mathangwane at 1730hrs today 20th July 2019.

While taxying for landing at Francistown Airport the pilots reported an engine fire indication were upon they promptly executed an engine shut down and landing on runway 13 at the airport.

The emergency response at Francistown Airport also responded to provide assistance with fire retardant foam.

"All five (5) passengers and the three (3) aircrew members are safe and without injuries," the press statement said.

Further, the BDF wished to assure the nation that all required maintenance and safety procedures are taken to assure the safe passage of His Excellency the President as well as any other principles in their care.

"The same care is taken for the safe operation of all BDF flights regardless of who is on-board," part of the statement read.

With regard to this incident, the Commander of BDF has ordered an investigation through a Board of Enquiry to determine the cause of the engine fire the actions of the aircrews and all other circumstances surrounding this incident.

Chuks Egbune/DoP

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