Air Botswana BAe 146 has engine trouble

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.

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