Eight Tourists, Pilot Killed in Crash
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ Eight German tourists and an American pilot were killed in a light airplane crash in a southwest Kenya game reserve, officials said Friday.
German Ambassador Bernd Mutzelburg declined to identify the victims of Thursday’s crash until they were positively identified and next of kin informed.
Police and a U.S. Embassy spokesman said the pilot was an American, but refused to give his name, age or hometown.
Andre Janssens of Neckermann Reisen, a Frankfurt-based travel company, said the German victims were five men and three women. There were no survivors.
Officials of Eagle Aviation Ltd., the Mombasa charter company which owned the aircraft, refused to discuss the accident.
The twin-egine plane crashed on landing at an air strip in the Masai Mara, one of Kenya’s largest and and best known game parks.
It was en route from Mombasa on the Indian Ocean coast to one of several luxury tented camps that dot the game reserve.