• An SA pilot flew his aircraft into a building, killing himself.
  • He apparently had an argument with his wife at a baby shower.
  • The pilot made a number of low-level flypasts before hitting the building.

A South African pilot flew his plane into a clubhouse in Botswana on Friday, apparently after an argument with his wife.

Charl Vljoen, who died in the crash, was the only casualty. He worked for Kalahari Air Services

In a video that went viral, the 2016 Beechcraft Kingair B200 aircraft A2-MBM aircraft is seen flying very low before hitting a structure at the Matsieng Aerodrome clubhouse, leaving nearby vehicles destroyed, with some in flames, News24 reported.

The club said in a statement that Viljoen had been an "uninvited guest at a private function".

The couple had attended a baby shower at the club and had ostensibly had an argument, Netwerk24 reported. Other guests then proceeded to tell a drunk Viljoen to leave.

He left the club by car and headed to the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, where Kalahari Air Services is based.

Matsieng Flying Club said that at approximately 18:15, the aircraft approached Matsieng Aerodrome from the direction of Sir Seretse Khama Airport and “made a number of low-level fly-pasts from different directions past the Club facilities next to the air traffic control tower.

"Matsieng Flying Club members sensed that the pilot might have had an ulterior motive at the time and ordered an immediate evacuation of the club premises by the approximately fifty attendees. The final extreme low level run by the aircraft along runway 36 resulted in an impact with the Matsieng Flying Club facility at ground level," it said.

A friend of Viljoen’s realised something was wrong when Viljoen called him from the aircraft asking about his wife's whereabouts. Another pilot, who did not wish to be identified, told the publication that the friend had then screamed for everyone to get out of the building.

The pilot is believed to not have had permission to fly the aircraft.

EWN reported that Viljoen started working at Kalahari Air Services in October last year.