16 February 1998


5 journalists die in plane crash

Incident details

Derek Rodney, Patrick Wagner, Anton Schecper, Herman Portger, Roland Geigr



(NDIMA/IFEX) - Five South African journalists, Derek Rodney of the
Johannesburg "Independent", Patrick Wagner of "Getaway Magazine", Anton
Schecper, a cameraman for M-net and Getaway Explorer, Herman Portger, a
South African aviation photographer, and Roland Geigr, were among the nine
people who perished when their light aircraft crashed in the Ngong Hills
just outside Nairobi. Police sources said the one-engine plane was flying to
Wilson Airport when it went down at 14:30 h. The passengers were coming
from the Maasai Game Reserve.

The group was on a promotion journey through Africa which had started in
Luxor, Egypt. They had arrived in Kenya last Monday evening at Kisumu
Airport, and had spent two nights on Mfangano Island and two nights at
Little Governors' in the Maasai Mara. They were proceeding to Wilson Airport
in order to proceed to South Africa via Zimbabwe and Botswana. The cause of
the crash has not yet been established, though aviation sources have
attributed it to bad weather and poor visibility as the plane prepared to


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