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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  
Location:Gaborone Airport, Botswana Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: International  
Release date: 22 December 2008 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Schweizer Aircraft 
Aircraft model: 333 
Aircraft registration: A2-HDB 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Gaborone
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Fatal: 1001
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Last update 14 November 2018