Wreckage of missing Botswana helicopter found

24 Apr 2014 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 24 APR (NAMPA) - The wreckage of a Botswana helicopter which went missing on Sunday between was found on Wednesday with no survivors.
The helicopter crash resulted in the deaths of all three people on board.
The wreckage was found between the point of departure (Gumare) and destination point (Maun) in Botswana.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Peter Mwatile said in a media statement issued on Thursday the search and rescue mission for the helicopter (BPS 02-Type AS35) is now officially closed.
Mwatile indicated that the Botswana Search and Rescue Coordination Centre has informed the Windhoek Air Traffic Control Centre in the Ministry of Works and Transport that there were no survivors.
Gaborone radar footage indicates that the missing Botswana helicopter allegedly made a U-turn before it went out of the radar coverage, as it was flying low.
The Ministry of Works and Transport and the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)'s Air Wing unit on Wednesday launched a search mission for the missing helicopter from neighbouring Botswana.
The helicopter, which was white in colour with blue stripes, took off from Gumare in Botswana’s North-West District on Sunday at 17h05 and has not been seen since.
Mwatile took the opportunity to thank the NamPol’s air wing, police commanders in the Kavango East and West Regions, and Nature Conservation officers in the Bwabwata National Park for the cooperation rendered during the search for the helicopter.