CF-5 fighter crashes in Botswana


One of the Botswana Defence Force Air Wing’s CF-5 fighter jets has crashed, killing the pilot.

The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) said the aircraft came down on the morning of 27 April while practicing for the BDF Day Celebrations the following day. The aircraft crashed onto Gaborone Golf Course.
“Names of the deceased are still withheld until his next of kin have been informed. The BDF requests the public to accord the family and friends the privacy they deserve to mourn their loved one,” a statement read. “As a matter of urgency, the Commander has directed the appointment of an investigating team to examine the cause of the crash.”

The BDF had nine ex-Canadian Canadair CF-5A Freedom Fighter and six CF-5D Tiger II jets in service.