Aviation safety investigations & reports

Loss of control - Schweizer 333, A2-HDB, Gaborone Airport, Botswana, 22 January 2002

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


On 22 Jan 2002, A Schweizer 333 helicopter, registered A2-HDB, crashed at Gaborone Airport in Botswana, killing the pilot, who was an Australian citizen. The Republic of Botswana Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) initiated an investigation into the accident.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) was notified of the accident in 2005 and appointed an expert under the provisions of clause 5.27 of Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation. To protect information supplied by the Botswana DCA to the ATSB and investigative work undertaken to assist the Botswana DCA, the ATSB initiated an investigation under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003. A copy of a draft report was sent to the ATSB for review and comment in February 2008. The ATSB provided comments to the Botswana DCA on 20 February 2008.

The Botswana DCA is responsible for releasing a final investigation report regarding this accident. Once completed, a copy of the report can be requested from the Botswana DCA at the following address:

Department of Civil Aviation
PO Box 250
Republic of Botswana



Released in accordance with section 25 of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

General details
Date: 22 January 2002   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: NA   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location: Gaborone Airport, Botswana    
State: International    
Release date: 22 December 2008   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Schweizer Aircraft  
Aircraft model 333  
Aircraft registration A2-HDB  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Gaborone  
Destination Gaborone  
Crew details
Role Class of licence Hours on type Hours total
Pilot-in-Command Commercial
  Crew Passenger Ground Total
Fatal: 1 0 0 1
Total: 1 0 0 1
Last update 03 April 2020