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Botswana Says Angolan Jet Shot Down President’s Plane

August 10, 1988

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) _ An Angolan jet mistook the Botswana presidential plane for an enemy aircraft and shot it down, injuring President Quett Masire, his office said Wednesday.

It said Masire suffered cuts on his back and his protocol officer was also injured when the executive aircraft was attacked on Sunday while flying over Kuito Bie in Angola, bound for a summit in the Angolan capital of Luanda.

The pilot managed to land the plane, and Masire was treated at a hospital in Luanda, while other leaders of front-line states met to discuss proposals for ending the Angolan war.

Masire’s office said Angola and Botswana were still investigating to find out exactly what happened, but it was established that the president’s plane was ″mistaken as an enemy aircraft ... and shot down by an Angolan jet fighter.″

The front-line states are a group of black African states that border on South Africa or are particularly concerned with events there. They often meet to discuss policy toward the Pretoria government. The nations are Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania and Angola.

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