South African pilot reportedly crashed plane in attempt to kill wife

South African pilot reportedly crashed plane in attempt to kill wife

- A South African pilot in Botswana stole an aircraft and crashed it in an apparent apparent attempt to kill his wife

- The pilot, Charl Viljoen, was the only one killed in the crash

- The incident took place after an altercation between Viljoen and his wife at a function held at a social club

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The pilot, who committed suicide by crashing his plane in Botswana, has been identified as South African, Charl Viljoen.

Reportedly, Viljoen crashed the plane in attempt to kill his wife.

Bystanders say Viljoen stole the aircraft after getting into an altercation with his wife at a function held at the airstrip.

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Viljoen, an employee of Botswana-based Kalahari Air Services, was allegedly drunk at the party and was told to leave.

Viljoen then crashed the plane into the function venue in what appears to have been an attempted homicide as well a suicide. Viljoen was the only person who died in the crash, although significant damage was done to the function venue, as well as the control tower and several vehicles. 

The crash resulted in a fire, which was quickly brought under control by emergency services, according to The Citizen

The incident took place at an airstrip in the Rasesa area of Gaborone.

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Police in Botswana have said they are looking into to the matter further.

Viljoen is said to have originally come from the Northern Cape. He and his wife had been living and working in Botswana for 10 years, according to reports.

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