#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 8°C Wednesday 14 April 2021
Advertisement

Pilot killed after helicopter shot down by elephant poachers

The British man was killed trying to track down a group of poachers in Tanzania.

Image: Wildlife at Risk

A BRITISH PILOT has died in Tanzania after his helicopter was downed by elephant poachers, the charity he worked for has said.

Roger Gower died on Friday and is thought to have been flying in the Maswa Game Reserve, located along the boundary of the Serengeti National Park.

“Roger was killed while piloting a helicopter during a coordinated effort with the Tanzanian wildlife authorities to track down and arrest active elephant poachers,” said a statement from Dan Friedkin, chairman of the Friedkin Conservation Fund.

In the course of this action, the poachers fired upon the helicopter and Roger was fatally wounded.

The BBC quoted Pratik Patel of the fund as saying that Gower had been approaching the last of three elephants which had been killed by poachers when the incident happened.

The Daily Telegraph reported that Gower had given up his job as an accountant in London to retrain as a pilot.

A Foreign Office spokesman in London said:

We can confirm the death of a British national in Tanzania and are providing assistance to the family at this difficult time.

#Open journalism No news is bad news Support The Journal

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support us now

- © AFP, 2016

Read: No truth in Russian claims that girl was ‘raped by migrants’ – German officials

Read: 33 people, including five children, have drowned trying to reach Greece

About the author:

AFP

Read next:

COMMENTS (10)