It is with great sadness that Virunga National Park announces the death of pilot Alphonse Musafiri Gasacyoya this morning, in a plane crash that occurred shortly after he took off from near the park’s headquarters in Rumangabo.
Originally from Masisi Territory, North Kivu, Alphonse was 64 years old and had been working for the park since 1st December 2017. His pilot skills were exceptional and had led him to exercise his talents all over the world during a long career in the aviation industry. At Virunga National Park, he devoted himself in particular to training a new generation of Congolese pilots selected from among the staff of park rangers and armed forces.
Alphonse leaves behind two children. Virunga National Park expresses its deep condolences to the family and friends of our departed colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.
The park is working with the relevant authorities and a thorough investigation will now be undertaken to identify the facts surrounding the incident.
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