Charl Viljoen, a South African pilot, has died after crashing a small plane into a Botswana clubhouse in a deliberate bid to kill his wife, who was attending a baby shower there.
The man, said to be a staff of Kalahari Air Services, had first shown up uninvited at the shower held at the Matsieng Aerodome near Mochudi, the club’s spokesman, Mark Mansfield, told The Citizen.
It was reported that the husband and wife initially had a dispute there, then Viljoen allegedly went to Botswana’s capital, Gaborone, stole a KingAir 200 aircraft and flew it to the club.
A man told Eyewitness News that before the plane crashed, Viljoen had called his friend, who was at the venue. .
“He phoned his friend who was still at the party, and he wanted to know where his wife was,” the man said. “The guy then started shouting so that everybody could run away.”
Then Viljoen allegedly slammed the plane into the facility, taking his own life. Fortunately, no one else was hurt, but the clubhouse, control tower and about 13 vehicles were ravaged.