An enraged pilot deliberately crashed a stolen plane into a building hosting a baby shower in an attempt to kill his wife after an argument.
Charl Viljoen, 38, a South African pilot, died in the crash and fireball which destroyed the building at the Matsieng Aerodrome near near Gaborone, Botswana.
Viljoen who is 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 newsmen.
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.