Three die when plane crashes at home


Three people died when a plane crashed in Windhoek, Namibia, shortly after take-off on Friday.

The aircraft, a Westair AF 406, took off from Eros Airport on a maintenance test flight with two pilots and one mechanic on board before it crashed and caught fire shortly afterwards. The accident took place in a residential area in Rieckmannstraat, Pioneers Park.

According to Chief Inspector Elifas Kuwinga of the Namibian police, the deceased were burned beyond recognition.

According to a statement from Westair Aviation, “the catastrophic event plunged everyone at the airline into mourning”.

“Firstly, our hearts go out to the families, friends and colleagues affected by this tragedy. We extend our deepest sympathy to their loved ones at this difficult time.

“The safety and well-being of our passengers and crew is our highest priority, and we are committed to understanding the exact cause of this incident.

“We will conduct a comprehensive investigation in collaboration with aviation safety experts and relevant authorities to ensure that all necessary steps are taken to prevent such an incident from occurring again.”