Two FZS staff and TANAPA ranger killed in tragic plane crash

Two of our colleagues and one TANAPA ranger were killed in the crash of our Cessna 182 in Nyerere National Park, Tanzania, on Thursday 18 May.

05/19/2023, FZS

(19 Mai 2023) It is with deep sorrow and a heavy heart that we have to share the tragic news of our patrol plane, the Cessna 182 5H FZS, crashing in Matambwe in Nyerere National Park in Tanzania yesterday afternoon. We have lost our very experienced pilot Capt. Bernard Shayo (61) and our young colleague, GIS Technician Aman Mgogollo (37), who died on the spot. Also on board were two Tanzania National Park rangers, of which one sadly passed away after arriving at the hospital in Dar Es Salaam, the second person being in critical condition.

The accident occurred right after take-off from the Airstrip in Matambwe. We are now working closely with the authorities in investigating and understanding the root cause of the tragic accident.

“We are stunned and deeply saddened by the loss of our colleagues and friends,” says Dr Kathryn Doody, who heads the FZS conservation program for Nyerere National Park and Selous Game Reserve. “Captain Shayo, an experienced pilot, his knowledge about Selous and deep rooted passion for conservation will be missed. Aman was our talented GIS technical advisor, he excelled in his chosen profession and shared his excitement of bringing GIS tools into conservation.”

We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones and are offering our full support to the ranger injured in the crash. We are deeply saddened by this event, and our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected.

Captain Bernard Shayo was an experienced pilot with many decades of experience in flying in Tanzania.
GIS technician Aman Mgogollo explaining the maps they create from the monitoring data, which Captain Shayo would bring back from the patrol flights.
A picture taken just a few weeks ago (from left to right): Tanzania Country Director Dr Ezekiel Dembe, Captain Bernard Shayo, FZS Executive Director Dr Christof Schenck, and GIS technician Aman Mgogollo.


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