Air Botswana single operational BAe 146-100, A2-ABF (msn E1160), suffered a serious engine failure at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone on 11 August. The 146 was on its take-off run for flight BP205 to Johannesburg when the number two engine failed. Debris were ejected, starting a small fire in the grass along the runway. The crew rejected the take-off and was able to bring the 146 to a safe stop on the runway. None of the 28 passengers or crew on board were injured. The airline’s second 146-100, A2-ABD (msn E1101), is in storage at Gaborone. Air Botswana is planning to replaced its two 146-100s with a pair of former CityLine Avro RJ85s, the first of which is due in Botswana imminently.
Recent news items on Air Botswana:
- Former Air Botswana BAe 146 parted out (2018-01-06)
- Ex Air Botswana Avro RJ85 airframe donated to non-profit (2017-09-30)
- Air Botswana BAe 146 ferried to the Philippines (2017-08-26)
- Air Botswana Avro RJ85s to be parted out (2016-08-06)
- Air Botswana puts its 146s up for auction (2015-05-22)