3 charged in relation to killing of British pilot Roger Gower

British helicopter pilot Roger Gower
British helicopter pilot Roger Gower died after being shot down by poachers. Photo: Tropic Air Kenya

Three people have been charged in relation to the death of British helicopter pilot Roger Gower, whose helicopter was shot down by elephant poachers on Friday, according to criminal investigation commander in Tanzania, Jonathan Shana.

The former Tropic Air Kenya pilot was working with Tanzanian wildlife authorities when poachers fired on his helicopter, fatally wounding him, said Dan Friedkin, chairman of the Texas-based nonprofit Friedkin Conservation Fund.

Photos of the crash site, provided by Tanzania National Parks, show the helicopter on its side in dense grass, with its tail broken off. A bloody bullet hole can be seen in one of the seats.

Meanwhile, tributes have continued to be posted online to the pilot, including one from The Chase USA host, Brooke Burns, who posted an affectionate account of her encounter with Captain Roger along with a couple of photographs.

Brooke Burns Captain Roger Twitter tribute

Captain Roger’s brother has also launched an online fundraising initiative to raise £50,000 to help conservation projects in Tanzania in his memory and Prince William has said he is “very saddened” by the news.