Statement from the CEO, Peter Fearnhead, African Parks
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January 25 2017


Dear Friends,

It is with my utmost regret to inform you that yesterday evening, January 24th, 2017, the helicopter we had chartered in Chinko, Central African Republic, to assist with our law enforcement work, crashed killing all three on board. The pilot, Shaun Barendsen was from the private charter company, while David Fine (Head of Law Enforcement) and Sous-Lieutenant Mbenga-Nzongomblo Ponce Pilate (Assistant Law Enforcement Manager) were African Parks employees based in Chinko. The helicopter crashed on approaching the landing strip and we are trying to gain a better understanding of the cause of the accident.

We are devastated by this tragic news, for the enormous loss of three committed and passionate individuals, and for the loved ones they leave behind, to whom we send our heartfelt condolences. 
Peter Fearnhead 
African Parks
African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. African Parks manages 10 national parks and protected areas in seven countries covering six million hectares: Malawi, Zambia, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Chad. Visit to learn more.
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