Fairchild Metro crash in Kenya kills 14

 - July 31, 2008, 10:00 AM

A chartered Fairchild Metro on a safari flight crashed on Mt. Kenya on July 19, killing both pilots and all 12 passengers. The South African-registered twin turboprop had left from Nairobi/Wilson Airport at about 3:48 p.m., en route to Buffalo Springs National Reserve, and crashed at the mountain’s 16,000-foot level in cloudy conditions just before sunset. A flight plan had allowed for an aerial sightseeing tour of Mt. Kenya, the second highest mountain in the country. All 12 passengers were members of the same family and included Emory University medical school professor George Brumley Jr. and wife Jean of Atlanta, three of their children and their spouses and four grandchildren. The aircraft was operated by Air-2000, a South African charter company.