NTSB Identification: NYC00WA090
Accident occurred Thursday, March 02, 2000 in
Aircraft: Cessna 414, registration:
Injuries: 5 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On March 2, 2000, time unknown, a Cessna 414, unknown South African registry, was destroyed in the Kalahari Desert, Botswana, Africa. The pilot and four passengers received serious injuries. There was a post crash fire. Weather conditions at the time of the accident are unknown.

The airplane had departed Gaborone, Botswana, and was en route to Maun, Botswana. En route, the pilot reported that oil was leaking from one of the engines. The airplane subsequently landed in the desert under unknown circumstances. Three passengers were found by a helicopter operated by the Defense Force of Botswana which was searching for them. The pilot and the other passenger walked about 125 miles (200 KM) to a Botswanan Defense Force camp at Pandamatenga, Botswana, where authorities were notified.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Botswana. Further information may be obtained by writing:

Chief Flight Safety Officer Department of Civil Aviation P.O. Box 250 Gaborone Botswana

Telephone 371397 FAX 353709

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