Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi has survived a potential helicopter crash in the country’s second largest city Francistown after his chopper ride was aborted following an engine fire on Saturday.
Botswana Defence Force and the Office of the President has issued a statement stating that the presidential helicopter was forced to make an immediate precautionary landing while taxiing at Francistown airport upon arrival from Mathangwane.
“While taxying for landing at Francistown Airport, the pilots reported an engine fire indication where upon they promptly executed an engine shut down and landing on runway 13 at the airport,” said the statement, adding that the emergency response at Francistown Airport also responded to provide assistance with fire retardant foam.
The statement further said all five passengers including Mokgweetsi Masisi and the three aircrew members are safe and without injuries.
“The BDF wishes 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.”the statement said.