Prince William announces that Mark Jenkins, a close friend of Prince William, and his son were tragically killed in a plane crash while flying above a Kenyan national park
A close friend of Prince William & Kate Middleton has been killed in a plane crash, the Duke of Cambridge announced Friday evening.
Pilot Mark Jenkins and Peter Jenkins were over Tsavo National Park in Kenya, when their plane crashed.
The Prince of Wales paid tribute and praised Mark Jenkins, describing him as someone who had ‘dedicated himself his life’ to protecting East African wildlife.
He Peter Jenkins and Mr Jenkins were flying over Tsavo to conduct an aerial patrol when they were both killed.
Peter Jenkins and Mark Jenkins were tragically killed in a crash of a plane on Thursday.
William sent a personal tweet via the Kensington Royal account: “Yesterday, my friend lost his life for protecting wildlife in some East Africa’s most famous national parks.
Peter Jenkins and Mark Jenkins were tragically killed while flying over Tsavo National Park to conduct an aerial patrol.
‘Tonight I am thinking about Mark’s wife and family. He was a man we all loved. W.’
The Frankfurt Zoological Society, which previously employed Mr Jenkins, said the pair were killed during a flight for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an NGO.
It said that Mr Jenkins was a ‘lifelong conservationist, experienced bush pilot’ and that conservation was ‘in his blood.
A statement on the society’s site stated that Mark was passionate and principled. He was strong-willed and never afraid to speak out for what he believed.
‘He He was a strong presence and left an indelible mark wherever he went.
“Those of us who worked with him remember him for his determination and thoughtfulness, his energy and mischievous smile. He also loved wildlife and wild places.
“We will miss his warmth and funny stories. His smiles always made us smile. Mark was a loving husband and father. He leaves behind his wife and son.
Our deepest condolences go his family, who tragically have lost two of their most beloved family members.
‘Our heartfelt condolences go also to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the NGO for which Mark did yesterday’s patrol flight.’
According to the official website, the park covers almost 22,000 kilometres. It is also the largest national park in Kenya.
It consists of two parks: Tsavo West National Park (in the Coast Province of Kenya), and Tsavo Eastern National Park (in Nairobi City).
According to the website, the park is home red elephants and large open areas.
This story is currently being updated.