Pilot crashes stolen plane into building in kamikaze murder attempt on wife

Leroy Wright
March 26, 2019

Footage showed the plane flying barely above the ground before it crashed into the venue near Mochudi, Botswana, close to the country's border with South Africa.

According to media reports, the pilot "deliberately" crashed the plane into a clubhouse and ATC tower at Matsieng Aerodrome in attempt to kill his wife after a domestic dispute.

The club in a statement said that Viljoen had been an "uninvited guest at a private function".

The Matsieng Flying Club said in a statement on Sunday that the aircraft repeatedly flew past the clubhouse at a low altitude, which caused concern among the more than 50 people who were still at the event.

At 18:15 on Saturday 23 March, the aircraft approached Matsieng Aerodrome from the direction of Sir Seretse Khama Airport and made a number of low-level fly-pasts from different directions.

There was no serious injury to any person in the vicinity of the accident scene, the club added.

Pilot Charl Viljoen and his wife Natasha
Pilot Charl Viljoen and his wife Natasha

The website Aviation Safety identified the plane involved in the incident as a Beechcraft B200 Super King Air.

Viljoen had been working as a chartered pilot in Botswana since October 1, 2018.

"He took off from the airport in a Botswana Air aircraft without permission and radioed the control tower to say he meant to kill himself", Times Live reported. He was then asked to leave.

"They had a party at Matsieng, a baby shower, and that's one of the Kalahari Air Services pilots, and he had a fight with his wife there and he actually hit his wife, and everybody told him to f**k off because you don't treat a woman like that". Viljoen was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Botswana police spokesperson Dipheko Motube told The Citizen.

Because of the evacuation, no one except the pilot was seriously injured in the crash.

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