Tragedy In Kenya


Published: August - 2003

And, finally, the US hunting community was shocked and saddened this past month by a tragic air accident in Kenya that left 12 members of the George Brumley family dead. The unbelievable tragedy not only took the life of Dr. George Brumley and his wife of Atlanta, but also his son George, III (a Hunting Report subscriber) and his wife, plus their two children, George IV and Jordan. In all, three generations of the Brumley family, ranging in age from 11 to 68, perished.

The Brumleys were all outstanding people who gave generously to their communities. The George Brumleys (Jr., III and IV) were all hunters, too. Our Hunt Report files contain reports from the father, as well as from George, III. They reported on successful hunts in Alberta with Jim Shockey and in New Zealand with Shane Quinn. Reading the reports of happier days compounds the sense of loss. Our heart goes out to those surviving members of the Brumley clan and their many friends.

The family has asked those wishing to make contributions to do so to: The George Brumley III Family Memorial Fund, PO Box 75393, Charlotte, NC 28275. Make checks out to The George Brumley, III Family Memorial Fund.

The air accident that took so many lives occurred around 4:30 this past July 19 when the Fairchild SW-4 aircraft the Brumleys were in crashed into the side of Mount Kenya. The plane, which was reportedly circling Mount Kenya on its way to Samburu South, was operated by a well-known charter firm in Johannesburg, South Africa, that has been written up in the pages of The Hunting Report - namely, Air 2000. We contacted that firm shortly after the crash and spoke with a representative who expressed her profound condolences to the family.

"In the 22 years we have been flying air charter in Africa, we have never had to deal with a loss of this kind. We can only guess at the heartache that the family and friends of the Brumleys must........(continued)

 
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