British pilot shot dead by elephant poachers
Helicopter pilot Roger Gower killed by elephant poachers in Tanzania while working for a charity trying to bring them to justice
8:56PM GMT 30 Jan 2016
A British helicopter pilot has been shot dead by elephant poachers in Tanzania.
Roger Gower, 37, was taking part in an anti-poaching operation with authorities in Tanzania when the criminals he was tracking fired on his aircraft.
He was hit by an AK47 in midair and managed to land his helicopter but died before rescue teams arrived.
The incident happened while he was on a mission to help rangers find the killers of an elephant who had been killed at Maswa on Friday.
Three elephants had been killed and as he approached the last one he was shot at.
Founder of the Friedkin Conservation Fund (FCF) charity, Dan Friedkin described him as “a dear friend”.
“Those poachers who killed Capt Roger are coward, evil, and sad people. A fine hearted individual gone too soon, and our hearts are broken. Everything must done to bring them to justice.”
Lazaro Nyalandu, MP for for Singida North Constituency in Tanzania
Der Handel mit Elfenbein boomt: Die Elefantenpopulation in Afrika ist aufgrund von Wilderern stark zurückgegangen. © Picture Alliance
Zehntausende Elefanten werden jedes Jahr von Wilderern getötet, um an das wertvolle Elfenbein zu gelangen. Ein britischer Pilot wollte die illegale Jagd in Tansania verfolgen. Als die Wilderer ihn entdeckten, schossen sie auf ihn.
Ein britischer Pilot ist beim Abschuss seines Hubschraubers durch Wilderer in Tansania getötet worden. Roger Gower habe am Freitag ein Tierreservat am Rande des Serengeti-Nationalparks überflogen, um die illegale Jagd auf Elefanten zu dokumentieren, teilte die US-Naturschutzorganisation Friedkin Conservation Fund mit. Die Wilderer hätten auf die Helikopter geschossen und den Piloten tödlich verwundet.
Wie der britische “Telegraph” berichtete, schaffte es der Pilot noch, seinen Helikopter zu landen. Er sei jedoch gestorben, bevor Rettung eintraf. Gower unterstützte demnach lokale Ranger bei ihrer Suche nach Wilderern, nachdem ein toter Elefant gefunden worden war.
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