AIR WING INCIDENT IN VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, DRC

Today at 16:00hrs in the northern sector, Virunga National Park’s Air Wing suffered an unforeseen incident on a routine flight of one of its aircraft, resulting in the injury of three Virunga staff.

All personnel are currently being treated for their injuries which are not considered to be life threatening. Their families have been informed and the utmost attention is being paid to ensuring their full recovery.

The accident underscores the routine dangers to Virunga staff dedicated to protecting and developing Virunga National Park. We ask that all focus be on the recovery of those injured at this time.

The work of the staff in Virunga National Park is one of the most dangerous in conservation; over 150 rangers have been killed in the line of duty, protecting the park.

For press enquiries please contact:
Joanna Natasegara
press@virunga.org / +44 (0)7946582641

 

1 Comment

  1. Melissa Ann Lopez April 23, 2017 Reply

    I just made a donation to your marathon fundraiser. My birthday was yesterday on earth day and I encouraged family and friends to make donations to your fundraiser instead of gifts. I also made a donation today. I wish you lots of energy and strength on your run Sunday. I’ve ran the Chicago marathon in 6 hours. It was rough but fulfilling. When you feel like giving up just keep running and think positively. Tell yourself you will do it and you will finish. Positivity and belief in yourself to finish a 26.2 mile run will help you. Good luck we are all rooting for you!

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